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  Name:   Ms. Farai Chideya
Month: February 2012
Schools: Harvard University Magna Cum Laude in 1990
Organization: Colin Powell School for Policy Studies, The City College of New York
Title: Leader in Residence

Farai Chideya has combined media, technology, and diversity during her 20-year career as an award-winning author and journalist. Via the Pop and Politics brand, Chideya is currently producing multimedia political specials via broadcast radio, web-video and social media with partners including WNYC and American Public Media. The team behind "Pop and Politics with Farai Chideya" is road-tripping through America to interview people about economic anxiety and national identity crises concerning religion, immigration, and race. This project is a new twist on a continuing passion to combine online and traditional media. Chideya originally launched as a blog in 1995.Chideya is currently a "Leader in Residence" at the Colin Powell School for Policy Studies, where she is focusing on media training the next generation of public policy leaders. She speaks frequently to business, college, civic, and youth audiences, and also provides media training services to other journalists and business and civic leaders. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Harvard University Magna Cume Laude in 1990.From 2006 to early 2009, Chideya hosted NPR's News and Notes. She has been a reporter for ABC News, a political analyst for CNN, a host for the Oxygen Network, and continues to appear on television as a cultural commentator. She and the teams she has worked with have won awards including a National EducationReporting Award, a North Star News Prize, and a special award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS.Chideya has written three nonfiction books: Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters; The Color of Our Future; and Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans. Her novel Kiss the Sky (Atria Books) was released in hardcover May 2009 and paperback May 2010. All of the books have been taught at the college level in subjects from ethnic studies to pop culture. All are taught on college campuses across the country in subjects from ethnic studies to pop culture.



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