Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and creator of the landmark 1619 Project.
The New York Times’s 1619 Project commemorates the 400th year of slavery in what would become the United States by examining slavery’s modern legacy and reframing the way we understand this history and the contributions of black Americans to the nation.
Nikole also has written extensively about school resegregation across the country and chronicled the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act.
In 2016, Nikole Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentorship organization dedicated to increasing the ranks of investigative reporters of color.
Nikole’s first book, The Problem We All Live With, is coming in 2020. This book will explore black America’s centuries-long struggle to get an equal education, and why integrated schools are the linchpin of our democracy. “In a country built on racial caste, we must confront the fact that our schools are not broken. They are operating as designed.”
Nikole got hooked on journalism when she joined her high school newspaper and began writing about students like her, who were bused across town as part of a voluntary school desegregation program.
Her heroes are the race beat reporters, such as Ida B. Wells, Ethel Payne, Simeon Booker, and Claude Sitton, whose fearless coverage helped move this nation closer to its promise.
Prior to joining The New York Times, Nikole worked as an investigative reporter at ProPublica in New York City, where she spent three years chronicling the way official policy created and maintains segregation in housing and schools. Before that, she reported for the largest daily newspaper in the Pacific Northwest, The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., where she covered numerous beats, including demographics, the census and county government.
Nikole started her journalism career covering the majority-black Durham Public Schools for The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. During her three years there, she wrote extensively on issues of race, class, school resegregation, and equity.
Nikole, who was born in Iowa, has also lived in Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina, and Oregon. She currently lives in Brooklyn.