Investigative reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones today was announced the 2015 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
The annual award recognizes a black journalist who has distinguished himself or herself with a body of work that has extraordinary depth, scope and significance to people in the African Diaspora.
Hannah-Jones won for her body of work about the continuing segregation of America’s schools. The stories – which she wrote for ProPublica– offer a critical exploration of access to opportunity and educational equity.
Hannah-Jones, who recently was hired by The New York Times Magazine, also has written extensively about housing discrimination and the ongoing litigation of affirmative action, including recent Supreme Court cases such as Fisher v. University of Texas.
An “NABJ Baby,” Hannah-Jones participated in NABJ’s internship program and was placed at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., while pursuing her master’s degree in mass communications at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.