Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, will appear at the NJEA Convention on Friday, Nov. 11. She is part of growing list of exciting speakers, including LeVar Burton whose convention appearance on Thursday, Nov. 10 was announced in the May 2022 edition of the NJEA Review.
Hannah-Jones has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards and the National Magazine Award three times. Hannah-Jones also earned the John Chancellor Award for Distinguished Journalism and was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen’s Club of New York.
In 2020 she was inducted into the Society of American Historians and in 2021 she was named a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also serves as the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she is founding the Center for Journalism & Democracy.
In 2016, Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which seeks to increase the number of reporters and editors of color. She holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina and earned her bachelor’s degree in history and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame.