Farai Chideya is a reporter, political and cultural analyst, and educator. Over the years she has worked in print, television, radio, and digital media; covered every Presidential election since 1996; and traveled to 28 countries and 49 states to report, learn, and explore.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, she is a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, studying newsroom diversity and editorial protocols during the 2016 election. She covered the 2016 election for FiveThirtyEight.com, with a special focus on demographics and the American voter, and was a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute from 2012-2016. A 1990 graduate of Harvard University, she was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics, and culture.
She previously hosted NPR’s News and Notes; was a reporter for ABC News; a political analyst for CNN; a host for the Oxygen Network; a consumer data and privacy reporter for The Intercept; and a reporter for Newsweek magazine. 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. She has also worked in both the for- and non-profit technology industry as a content strategist.
Chideya frequently speaks to and leads town hall meetings for public media audiences, civic institutions, and universities on politics, race, and contemporary social issues. You can contact her through this site.