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 RACIAl injustice for the new york times magazine. 

Nikole investigates the way racial segregation in housing and schools is maintained through official action and policy.

She has written extensively about school resegregation across the country and the utter disarray of hundreds of school desegregation orders. She has also chronicled the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act and wrote one of the most widely read analyses of the racial implications of the controversial Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action Supreme Court case.

Nikole's reporting has won several national awards, including the Peabody Award, George Polk Award, National Magazine Award, Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, and the Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. She was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2015 and was named to The Root 100 in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She is also a 2017 New America Emerson fellow and a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Journalist.

In 2017, Nikole was named a prestigious MacArthur fellow for her reporting on school segregation. Known as the "Genius Grant," the award is given to just two dozen people globally each year.

Nikole is writing a book on school segregation entitled, "The Problem We All Live With," to be published on the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House.

In 2016, Nikole helped found the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentorship organization geared towards increasing the number of investigative reporters of color.

Before joining The New York Times, Nikole worked for investigative news organization ProPublica. Her works has also appeared in The Atlantic Magazine, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, The Week Magazine, Grist, Politico Magazine and on Face the Nation, This American Life, NPR, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now 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 a Kindle single.

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

 Purchase Nikole's e-book,  "Ghosts of Greenwood: Dispatches From Freedom Summer"  as a Kindle single. 

Purchase Nikole's e-book, "Ghosts of Greenwood: Dispatches From Freedom Summer" as a Kindle single. 

The Lede

12.29.17 Nikole's interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air is among the show's 10 most popular interviews of 2017.

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12.23.17 Bustle names Nikole one of "16 Black Women We Learned From in 2017.

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12.16.17 Nikole joined Soledad O'Brien on her show Matter of Fact.

12.14.17 Nikole appeared on The Atlantic Interview podcast with Jeffrey Goldberg.  

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11.30.17 Viceland's Desus & Mero invited Nikole on to discuss school segregation, her MacArthur and growing up in Waterloo.

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10.13.17 The New York Times Magazine's Editor and Chief Jake Silverstein interviews Nikole about winning the MacArthur.

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10.13.17 City Lab interviewed Nikole about school segregation following her MacArthur.

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10.11.17 The New York Times runs "The Best of Nikole Hannah-Jones" following the announcement of her MacArthur.

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10.11.17 Nikole is named a MacArthur Fellow, known as the MacArthur genius grant. 

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9.26.17 Nikole appears on TruTV's Adam Ruins Everything in an episode that deals with housing segregation. 

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9.18.17 The Root names Nikole to its list of 100 most influential African Americans for the third year in a row. 

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9.6.17 The New York Times Magazine publishes Nikole's cover story on school secessions and school segregation in Alabama. 

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6.30.17 Russell Sage Foundation names Nikole a Visiting Journalist for fall of 2017. 

6.24.17 Nikole gave the keynote address at the annual Investigative Reporters & Editors conference in Phoenix, where she once again called on the industry to diversity its ranks. Highlights of the speech can be found here. 

4.25.17 Nikole won the Hillman Prize for magazine reporting for "Worlds Apart: Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City."

1.16.17 Nikole appeared on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

11.24.16 Nikole appears in the PBS series, "And Still I Rise." 

11.24.2016 Nikole discussed her work on school segregation on C-Span. 

11.15.2016 Nikole writes the 2016 presidential election and the death of the post racial myth. 

9.27.16 Nikole is named to The Root 100 for a second year. 

9.6.16 "The Problem We All Live With" wins the Media for Just Society Award

7.22.16 Nikole's essay "The Grief That White Americans Can't Share" publishes at The New York Times. 

6.12.2016 Nikole's story on school segregation in New York City is the cover story for The New York Times Magazine.

6.12.16 WNYC releases a video about Nikole's story on school segregation in New York City, and her decision to send her daughter to a segregated school. 

3.8.2016 Nikole appears in a Media Matters video to talk about the problem with newsrooms that are not diverse.

2.15.2016 Nikole wins a George Polk Award for her "This American Life" piece, "The Problem We All Live With."

1.1.2016 "The Problem We All Live With" episodes that Nikole did for This American Life made several yearend best podcast lists, including Slate, The Atlantic and Quartz.

10.22.15 Nikole interviewed Ta-Nehisi Coates at an event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. You can watch the livestream here.

8.19.2015 Nikole was named to The Root 100

7.31.2015 Nikole's hour-long episode on segregation in Michael Brown's school district ran on "This American Life." 

5.12.2015 The Deadline Club awarded Nikole its newspaper/digital beat reporting prize for "Segregation Now."

4.23.2015 "Segregation Now" wins the Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service.

4.23.2015 The National Association of Black Journalists names Nikole its 2015 "Journalist of the Year."

3.26.2015 "Segregation Now" wins first prize for beat reporting in the national Education Writers Association awards.

3.4.2015 Politico Magazine published Nikole's personal essay on policing in black America

2.27.2015 Grist published Nikole's piece, "Gentrification doesn’t fix inner-city schools."

1.15.2015 "Segregation Now" has been named a finalist in the Public Interest category of the National Magazine Awards

12.19.2014 The New York Times co-published Nikole's investigation of Michael Brown and school segregation in St. Louis.

9.27.14 "Segregation Now" took home two awards at the 2014 Online Journalism Awards, one for feature writing and one for explanatory reporting. 

8.25.14 The Online News Association names "Segregation Now" a finalist for five awards.

8.14.14 Nikole wrote a piece for on how the media was covering the protests/riots in Ferguson, Mo. 

8.1.14 "The Week" magazine published an excerpt of "Ghosts of Greenwood" in its "The Last Word" section. 

7.14"Ghosts of Greenwood" hits No. 1 on Longreads.

7.11.14 Nikole wrote about visiting her ancestral land, Greenwood, Miss., for the first time in a deeply personal essay on the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. 

Read "Segregation Now: The Resegregation of American Schools," co-published by ProPublica and The Atlantic Magazine.


5.17.14 Nikole reflected on the 60th anniversary of Brown v Board in light of her reporting on MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry Show."


4.24.14 "Democracy Now" featured Nikole's reporting on "Segregation Now."


4.18.14  Nikole discussed "Segregation Now" on MSNBC's "The Reid Report".


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. 

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