Farai Chideya

Political Contributor

Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author and journalist. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She contributes to print, public radio, and cable television; and she also hosts a series of town hall meetings in both New York and San Francisco, with New York Public Radio and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, respectively. You can see an archive of her 2010 midterm election specials — which foreshadowed some of the current political and immigration debates — at PopandPolitics.com, which she founded in 1995.


Farai Chideya appears in the following:

New Report Examines Diversity in America’s Newsrooms

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A new report out today considers the current state of racial and gender diversity in newsrooms around the country.


Farai Chideya: Newsrooms Need to Purge Secrets in Order to Heal

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Farai Chideya says John Hockenberry bullied her. She discusses the emotional and financial consequences of what happened, and what lessons can be taken for the wider media landscape.

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Rising Healthcare Costs Could Tip Elections

Monday, June 06, 2016

Voters say that the cost of healthcare is one of the top issues of the 2016 election, and they want to hear the presidential candidates talk more about. 

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What You Need to Know As Primary Season Enters the Final Stretch

Monday, April 25, 2016

Voters in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Rhode Island will head to the polls on Tuesday — one of the final stands in the 2016 primary election season. 

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Will Bernie's Big Weekend Change the Democratic Race?

Monday, March 28, 2016

A series of caucus and primary wins has the Democratic presidential candidate on a roll. But is it enough to overtake Hillary Clinton's commanding lead in delegates?

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Your Super Tuesday Data Dump

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

No longer are pundits, campaigns, and voters forced to rely on the hypothetical polling data. We now have concrete numbers from votes that were cast in 30 percent of states. 

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The Greene Space

Wendell Pierce and Jackie Alexander in Conversation

Thursday, February 26, 2015

7:00 PM

Thurs, Feb. 26 | Go behind the scenes with the new production Brothers from the Bottom with Wendell Pierce and Jackie Alexander in a conversation hosted by Farai Chideya.

The Iron Road: Riding & Writing Across America

Friday, September 26, 2014

Trains are a magical place for creative thought. And now 24 writers have been selected to be part of Amtrak's Residency program, winning them a roundtrip ticket anywhere in the country.

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2014: Dreams for NYC Inspired by MLK

Monday, January 20, 2014

What is Martin Luther King's impact on New York City today? Brian Lehrer plays highlights from this year's event at the Apollo Theater, co-hosted by Farai Chideya.

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Roundtable: The March on Washington & The Future of the Civil Rights Movement

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Joining The Takeaway to discuss the future of the civil rights movement and what can be done to accomplish the objectives of the March on Washington, which took place 50 years ago to...

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SCOTUS Decisions Bring Landmark Change

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It may be hard to believe, but just one month ago, the United States was a very different place to live. There were historic Supreme Court decisions out on affirmative action, votin...


The Greene Space

EMANCIPATION 150: The State of the Black Economy

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

7:00 PM

Dr. Cornel West joins CNN's Ryan Mack to discuss the current state of the economy for African Americans. Hosted by Farai Chideya. Watch Now.

Reacting to Election Results

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The results are in, but what’s next for the country? The Takeaway's panel of political and cultural experts reacts to the results. Jeff Yang writes the Tao Jones column for The Wall ...

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The Gender Bias Lawsuit that Changed Journalism

Monday, September 10, 2012

On March 16, 1970, 46 of Newsweek’s female employees publicly accused the magazine of gender discrimination in hiring and promotion. It was the first class female class action lawsuit...


Follow Friday: Rep. Akin and 'Legitimate Rape,' Looking Ahead to the RNC

Friday, August 24, 2012

As the 2012 Presidential race heats up, political news continues to dominate the headlines. At the forefront this week was Congressman Todd Akin, the Republican running to unseat Sena...

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Follow Friday: Romney Picks Ryan, Escalating Attack Ads, and More Campaign News

Friday, August 17, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway reflects on the week that was in Follow Friday. This week, Farai Chideya, distinguished writer-in-residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute an...

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Follow Friday: Shooting at Sikh Temple, Romney's VP Pick, and the London Olympics

Friday, August 10, 2012

Every Friday, a panel of experts discuss and reflect on the week's top stories. This week, Farai Chideya reflects on the week in politics; documentary filmmaker Valarie Kaur follows t...


Friday Follow: Olympics, Romney's Trip Abroad, and New Job Numbers

Friday, August 03, 2012

This week's Follow Friday includes a look back at the first week of the 2012 London Olympics, the responses to Romney's recent trip to Israel, the financial firm trading glitch, and t...

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Follow Friday: Rodney King, the Sandusky Trial, Ann Curry and the Olympics Playlist

Friday, June 22, 2012

Jeff Yang and Farai Chideya look back at the week's top stories for this week's Follow Friday. They cover the death and legacy of Rodney King, Jerry Sandusky's trial, Ann Curry's depa...

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Follow Friday: The Future of Print Journalism, Sheldon Adelson, and White House Leaks

Friday, June 15, 2012

Jeff Yang and Farai Chideya join us for our weekly Friday Follow, looking back at the week's top stories. The two discuss New Orleans' Times-Picayune newspaper's shift from print to d...

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