Farai Chideya brings the human experience alive in media. A fiction and non-fiction author, reporter, and broadcaster, she has interviewed billionaires and politicians; white supremacists and murderers. She believes that embracing our shared humanity is crucial to journalism. A former on-air reporter and host for ABC News, CNN, and NPR, Chideya produces and hosts the PRI podcast One with Farai.
Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about issues including the labor economy, race, politics, and culture.
Chideya's PRl podcast, One with Farai is a deep dive into the personal and mission-driven concerns of world changers in the US and abroad. In 2010, Chideya produced multimedia political specials about the midterm elections in partnership with WNYC. Chideya originally launched PopandPolitics.com as a blog in 1995.
From 2006 to early 2009, Chideya hosted NPR’s News and Notes. She has been a reporter for ABC News, a political analyst for CNN, a host for the Oxygen Network, and continues to appear on television as a cultural commentator. She and the teams she has worked with have won awards including a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize, and a special award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS. Earlier in her career she worked for Newsweek, MTV News, CNN, and ABC News.
Chideya has written three nonfiction books: Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters; The Color of Our Future; and Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans. Her novel Kiss the Sky (Atria Books) was released in hardcover May 2009 and paperback May 2010. All are taught on college campuses across the country in subjects from ethnic studies to pop culture. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Harvard University Magna Cum Laude in 1990.
Women often have to learn their life lessons the hard way, thanks to gender bias, but those lessons often go far beyond gender issues. Here are 10 of the most important lessons that women have shared with Farai Chideya, the host of the One With Farai podcast from PRI.
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