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Farai Chideya

Ford Foundation
Farai Chideya is part of the Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression team, focusing on journalism. Her work supports the development and support of high-quality, principled reporting in the United States, with an emphasis on social justice, a diversity of voices, and press freedoms.
Before joining the foundation in 2017, Farai worked as a reporter, political and cultural analyst, and educator. Her journalistic beats have included pop culture, business, African-American life, and big data; and she has covered six presidential elections for print, television, radio, and digital outlets. She has covered organized white supremacist movements and mapped the intersections between racial extremism and mainstream politics and discourse. She has worked for numerous outlets, including Newsweek, CNN, ABC News, NPR (as host of News and Notes), and The Intercept.