Rachel Swarns

New York Times reporter

Rachel Swarns appears in the following:

Talking to Your Kids about Ferguson, Eric Garner, Race and the Police

Friday, December 12, 2014

Parents share their approaches to shaping difficult conversations with their kids about Ferguson, the Garner case, and racial justice.

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Raising the Living Wage

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio's executive order will expand the living wage law. New York Times reporter, Rachel L. Swarns, discusses the impact this executive order might have on the city.

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The First Lady's Family Tree

Thursday, July 05, 2012

New York Times correspondent and author of American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, Rachel L. Swarns, discusses her book about the ancestry of Michelle Obama, illuminating the complexity of racial intermingling in a changing nation.

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Tracing Michelle Obama's Multiracial Ancestry

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New York Times reporter Rachel Swarns has followed Michelle Obama's journey all the way back to through her ancestry. Swarns' new book "American Tapestry" explores the first lady's surprising genealogy.

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Michelle Obama's Genealogy Revealed

Thursday, October 08, 2009

How far back in your family tree can you go? Most people draw blanks if asked to go farther back than their great-grandparents. Our two guests, Rachel Swarns, Washington correspondent for The New York Times, and Megan Smolenyak, a genealogist, were able to discover details about Michelle Obama's ancestry that even the first lady didn't know.

For more, read Rachel Swarns' and Jodi Kantor's article, "In First Lady’s Roots, a Complex Path From Slavery," in The New York Times.

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First Lady as advocate for healthy living

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

As President Obama enters his 50-some days in his presidency, the First Lady is starting to shape her own identity and agenda. Michelle Obama is known to be a champion of healthy food and living and has encouraged community vegetable gardening. White House officials say this will shape her overall agenda. Rachel Swarns covers Mrs. Obama for the New York Times talks with The Takeaway about the First Lady's healthy living habit.

Read more in Rachel's article, Michelle Obama’s Agenda Includes Healthful Eating in the New York Times.