Nikole Hannah-Jones

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

Professional Experience

The NEw York Times Magazine     New York, n.y.     2015-present

Staff Writer
Report and write long-form projects on racial injustice. 

ProPublica     New York, N.Y.       2011-2015

Investigative Reporter
Report and write investigative projects on civil rights, fair housing, school segregation and discrimination.

The Oregonian      Portland, Ore.       2006-2011

Developed and wrote news articles for the Northwest’s largest newspaper and online audience. Maintained a social networking presence to reach the traditional and nontraditional newspaper audience. Shot and edited short videos.

Government and Census Reporter (2008-2011)
Led census coverage requiring analysis of complex data on deadline and for enterprise for a new investigative team. Investigated the city of Portland’s decision not to enforce fair housing violations and the cover-up of that decision, leading the state legislature to intervene and demand the city act. The coverage spurred Portland officials to draft the city’s first fair housing plan and to forward the names of discriminatory landlords to the state civil rights agency. Wrote a news analysis that gained national recognition for debunking the myth of Portland as a sex trafficking hub by tracking down the source of faulty statistics and detailing officials’ lack of records to back up their claims.

Demographics Reporter (2007-2008)
Led reporting on the state’s racial and ethnic minorities, producing award-winning reports on immigration and the working poor. Developed deep sourcing in under-covered communities.

Enterprise Reporter (2006-2007)
Produced human-interest features under nationally renowned writing coach Jack Hart for an experimental team aimed at drawing readership through narrative long form.

The News & Observer     Raleigh, N.C.      2003-2006

Education Reporter

Defined coverage of school equity and the racial achievement gap at the paper through reporting on the majority black Durham Public Schools, the state’s fourth largest district. Investigated a middle school that deprived its poor students of advanced classes, leading the superintendent to remove the principal and provide students equal access to courses. Chronicled the district’s failure to address teacher quality at impoverished predominately black schools. This reporting prodded the school board to adopt teacher incentives to address the problem.

The Chapel Hills News     Chapel Hill, N.C.      2003

Education Reporter

Reported and wrote stories on one of the state’s elite school districts for the twice-weekly newspaper owned by The News & Observer.


Honorary doctorate, Xavier University of Louisiana, 2018

MacArthur Fellow, 2017

National Magazine Award, public interest, 2017

Hillman Prize, magazine journalism, 2017

Mildred and Richard Loving Civil Rights Award, 2017

Peabody Award, radio reporting, 2016

George Polk Award, radio reporting, 2016

National Education Award, radio, 2016

Media for Just Society Award, radio, 2016

National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award, 2015, 2016, 2017

The Root 100, 2015, 2016, 2017

Emerson College President's Award for Civic Leadership, 2015

Sigma Delta Chi Award, public service, 2015

Journalist of the Year, National Association  of Black Journalists, 2015

Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, 2015

National Magazine Award, finalist, public interest, 2015

National Awards for Education Reporting, first prize, beat reporting, 2015

Deadline Club Award for newspaper or digital beat reporting, 2015

Online Journalism Award, feature, 2014

Online Journalism Award, explanatory reporting, 2014

Columbia University Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, 2013

Sidney Award, 2013

Silurians Excellence in Journalism Award for online investigative news, 2013

Society for News Design Award of Excellence, 2013

Gannett Foundation Innovation in Watchdog Journalism Award, 2012

C.B. Blethen Memorial Award for Distinguished Reporting in the Northwest, 2011 (2), 2012

Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Award, 2007, 2008, 2010


Founder, board member, Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting

Board member, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Board member, Spencer Foundation

Board member, The Teacher Project


Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Journalist, 2017

New America Fellow, 2017

Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies to travel to Cuba to investigate social changes under Raul Castro and the impact of universal healthcare on Cuba’s educational system, 2008-2009

Selected by the University of Pennsylvania to report on the impact of the Watts Riots for a study marking the 40th anniversary of the Kerner Commission report, 2007


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Master of Arts in mass communication, news editorial sequence, 2003
Roy H. Park Fellow

University of Notre Dame
Bachelor of Arts in history and African American studies, 1998

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