KalaLea is an audio journalist who has produced stories for NPR’s Latino USA, Slate Studios, NPR’s Interfaith Voices, The New Yorker podcasts and KCRW.

She received her Master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism with a specialization in multimedia storytelling. In 2017, KalaLea was a recipient of the Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism fellowship.

Before working in audio, KalaLea worked as a digital producer for advertising and publishing companies. And before that, she was the owner of a little cafe in Brooklyn.

KalaLea appears in the following:

How Far Has the F.B.I. Gone to Protect White Supremacy?

Friday, January 15, 2021

A new documentary reveals how the agency first surveilled Martin Luther King, Jr., and then attempted to destroy his reputation and public life.

The Chef Bryant Terry on How To “Blackify” Fennel

Friday, December 18, 2020

Helen Rosner talks with the cookbook author and food-justice activist about uplifting diverse traditions in Black cooking and reclaiming veganism from white hipsters.

The Movement Against Police Brutality Explodes in Nigeria

Friday, December 18, 2020

Protests against police violence took place around the world this year. In Nigeria, they might lead to the undoing of a notoriously lawless and brutal police unit.

Navigating Divorce Within Religious Communities

Friday, December 04, 2020

The staff writer Larissa MacFarquhar on what happens to families in Haredi Jewish communities when one parent leaves the faith.

The Race Politics of the Trump Era

Friday, October 30, 2020

Donald Trump’s rhetoric toward people of color and the Black protest movement have changed what it means to be white in America.

The Battle Over Portland

Friday, October 09, 2020

Oregon has a unique history of white-supremacist violence. Today’s far-right extremists have made the liberal bastion of Portland their battleground.

Isabel Wilkerson on America’s Caste System

Friday, August 07, 2020

In the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian’s new book, she asserts that racism in the United States is best understood as a caste system, not unlike the one that dominated in India. 

The Rikers Debate Project

Friday, August 07, 2020

Inmates and former felons debate the critical issues of our time, parliamentary style.

A New Documentary Explores How to Make Art While Blind

Friday, July 17, 2020

“Vision Portraits,” which has been streaming on PBS, examines the work of a writer, a dancer, and a photographer who are—like the filmmaker—visually impaired. 

A Former D.O.J. Official on How to Fix Policing

Friday, June 05, 2020

Ron Davis was a cop for nearly thirty years before working at the Department of Justice. He knows how hard it is to reform an institution with a history of racial repression.

What Does It Mean to Defund the Police?

Friday, June 05, 2020

A Minneapolis activist group says that the police department, whose history is rooted in racial repression, cannot simply be reformed; it has to be defunded.

When Is a Killing Not a Crime?

Friday, May 22, 2020

In the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a legal scholar sees a fatal confusion of citizen’s arrest, stand-your-ground law, and racial profiling. 

To Test a Vaccine for COVID-19, Should Volunteers Risk their Lives?

Friday, May 22, 2020

Larissa MacFarquhar talks with a would-be participant in a human-challenge trial, in which trial subjects are–hypothetically—infected with SARS-CoV2 to test a potential vaccine.

The Pandemic and Little Haiti

Friday, May 08, 2020

The novelist Edwidge Danticat says COVID-19 is changing the lives of Haitians, both on the island and in the U.S.

The Pandemic Is Wreaking Havoc in America’s Prisons and Jails

Friday, May 01, 2020

With the pandemic putting inmates—who cannot maintain social distance—as well as corrections workers in danger, the movement for decarceration suddenly seems politically possible.

Inside DJ D-Nice’s Club Quarantine

Friday, April 03, 2020

The story of an Instagram Live party that attracted hundreds of thousands of people—including Rihanna, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Drake.

Exploitation in the Amazon

Friday, April 03, 2020

Jon Lee Anderson reports on Jair Bolsonaro’s push to allow commercial mining on protected lands, and the harm it will do to Brazil’s indigenous groups. 

A Visit with Thundercat

Friday, March 06, 2020

Briana Younger talks with the bassist and producer who helped make the Kendrick Lamar album “To Pimp a Butterfly.”

Pam Grier, from Blaxploitation to Black Excellence

Friday, February 21, 2020

Outrageous, raunchy, and empowered, the star of “Foxy Brown” helped change the way black lives were presented onscreen.

Tyler Foggatt Picks Three

Friday, February 07, 2020

A New Yorker staffer picks three things she can’t stop thinking about.