Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter covering civil rights at ProPublica in New York City.

Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter covering civil rights at ProPublica in New York City. 

Nikole's most recent investigation documents the resegregation of Southern schools through an intensive look at Tuscaloosa, Ala., one of the most rapidly resegregating districts in the country. It's not news to many that American schools have been resegregating, but this investigation pulls back the curtain on the backroom dealing, political compromises and intentional decision-making that has led to resegregation, and its devastating consequences. The project publishes April 17 at ProPublica and in The Atlantic magazine -- ahead of the 60th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Nikole has also written extensively about the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act and analyses of the racial implications of the controversial Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action and other civil right cases before the Supreme Court.

Her reporting has been featured on Face the Nation, This American Life, NPR, The Atlantic Wire, Huffington Post, the Tom Joyner Morning Show and radio stations across the country.

Nikole continues to investigate the policies and politics that maintain segregation.  She is always looking for stories and is particularly interested in talking with sources about school segregation and tracking.

Purchase Nikole's e-book, "Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law" as Kindle single.

The Lede

4.17.14 Nikole's yearlong investigation into the resegregation of Southern schools, Segregation Now, published at ProPublica and inThe Atlantic Magazine. 


4.13.14 Nikole appeared on Face the Nation to discuss her The Atlantic/ProPublica investigation into school resegregation and to discuss civil rights 50 years after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Watch the segment here. 


11.18.13 "This American Life" will feature Nikole's fair housing work on its show Friday, Nov. 22. Called "House Rules," the show will demonstrate how zip code determines opportunity and detail Nikole's investigation into the federal government's pitiful history of enforcing the Fair Housing Act. Once it airs, a podcast of the show can also be downloaded.


10.3.13 The Fair Housing Justice Center premiers its fair housing documentary, "A Matter of Place," which features Nikole discussing her reporting. 


 9.21.13 Nikole serves as panelist during the fair housing session at the Congressional Black Caucus annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C. 


5.17.13  Columbia University names Nikole the 2013 Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award winner, which recognizes outstanding achievements in reporting on racial or religious hatred, intolerance or discrimination in the United States.


5.16.13  The National Association of Black Journalists names "Living Apart: Fair Housing in America" a finalist in the online news project category of the 2013 Salute to Excellence awards.


5.6.13  The Society of Silurians names "Living Apart: Fair Housing in America" the winner of the 2013 Silurians Excellence in Journalism Award for online investigative news. 


5.3.13  The Deadline Club names "Living Apart: Fair Housing in America" a finalist for minority focus coverage.


"The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press." Ida B. Wells, muckracking journalist.