In sharp, daily columns and on network television news roundtables, Slate’s Jamelle Bouie has emerged as one of the few political journalists breaking through the hurried day-to-day and delivering in-depth historical perspective and critical thought.
As the chief political correspondent for Slate and political analyst for CBS News, Bouie covers breaking machinations and trends from the White House, often exploring the intersection of race and politics. Noted for his commitment to analyzing current events through the lens of the nation’s past, Bouie has become widely lauded as a rising journalism star.
Bouie, a Virginia native and member of the Forbes “30 Under 30 In Media” list in 2015, will speak Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. in Longwood University’s Wygal Hall on “The Life of the Nation: How Segregation is Threatening American Democracy.”
The talk is the second in the 2017-18 President’s Lecture Series, which explores broad challenges for American democracy from a variety of perspectives. It is free and open to the community. The series opened in early October with NPR’s David Folkenflik.
Bouie will discuss how persistent segregation and inequality in America are affecting public policy and elections more than a half-century after the start of the modern civil rights movement. He’ll discuss current news stories in the context of historical struggles for racial equality and how they are shaping the future of our democracy.
A familiar face on CBS’s Sunday Face The Nation roundtable, Bouie’s often provocative analysis on U.S. politics, public policy, elections and race challenges citizens to consider how they can use the example of the past to effect change in the present through civic action.
He has taken that same approach to social media, where he is one of journalism’s most prolific Tweeters. On Twitter, Bouie daily engages with readers and others in his field to drive a larger conversation about public policy in a time when breaking-news crises tend to dominate attention. Instead of analyzing what political actions mean in the context of winners and losers, Bouie strives to reveal how activists and influencers can seize the power of information to make a difference.
Bouie hails from Virginia Beach and attended the University of Virginia, where he studied politics and government. After graduating from UVA, he landed a prestigious writing fellowship at American Prospect magazine—a two-year opportunity for budding journalists to further hone their skills in Washington, D.C. He went on to write for The Nation, the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the U.S., before leaving for Slate in 2014.
His writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time and The New Yorker.