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Farai Chideya

2016 Election / Digital Journalism / Big Data


  The Englert Theatre

Event Description

Box Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
(319) 688-2653

Free and open to the public!

More Info: University Lecture Committee


Farai Chideya brings the human experience to life in all media forms. Her ability to see around corners has led her to consistently engage in new technologies (she launched her first blog, Pop and Politics, in 1995) and cover topics well before they became mainstream (her 1999 book The Color of Our Future saw the evolution towards a “majority-minority” America long before it made the cover of Time magazine).

In the past, she has been an Award-winning reporter for Newsweek magazine; a political analyst for CNN; a reporter and guest host for ABC News; and a host for NPR. All the while she has produced digital content and both nonfiction and fiction books. She is a graduate of Harvard University, and returned there as a Spring 2012 fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

After a career which led her through adventures such as flying on Air Force One; being stalked by the secret police in Zimbabwe; and covering every U.S. election since 1996, Chideya has become truly her own media, consulting, and entrepreneurial brand. She is currently a contributor to New York Public Radio, and a frequent guest on cable channels including MSNBC. She is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where she teaches radio. She recently completed a co-authored book on women in the technology industry, and is finishing a new book, The Right Work, advising Americans how to proactively deal with job volatility and the shift from linear to episodic careers. The book also covers how to optimize for personal and family health and well-being no matter what career you choose. Chideya also serves as an advisor to several nonprofits and for-profit startups.

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