KalaLea

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:

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.

What Would a World Without Prisons Be Like?

Friday, January 24, 2020

Kai Wright sits down with two advocates of prison abolition to discuss the why and the how of ‘decarceration.’

Life After Prison

Friday, January 17, 2020

A few months ago, Jonathan was released from prison. Our producer shadowed him to learn what emancipation feels like after two decades of being locked up.

Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow”

Friday, January 17, 2020

In 2010, Michelle Alexander’s best-selling book spelled out how mass incarceration harms communities of color. Assessing its impact, she looks back, and forward, with David Remnick.

Peter Dinklage on Cyrano, and Life After “Thrones”

Friday, December 20, 2019

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” made him a superstar; now Dinklage can return to the stage.

The Chef Niki Nakayama Does It Her Way

Friday, December 06, 2019

The chef at one of Los Angeles’s best restaurants on how to build a woman-friendly kitchen.

Lena Waithe on Police Violence and “Queen & Slim”

Friday, November 15, 2019

The screenwriter’s new film is about a first date that goes terribly wrong when a police officer is accidentally shot. “We create the heroes we need,” Waithe tells Jelani Cobb.

Charlamagne Tha God Speaks Frankly about Mental Health

Friday, November 08, 2019

A radio personality describes his struggles, and the links between racism and stress.  

Helen Rosner Picks Three

Friday, November 01, 2019

The New Yorker food correspondent shares three current food-world favorites with David Remnick—and brings samples.

Can Mayor Pete Be a Democratic Front-Runner?

Friday, November 01, 2019

Pete Buttigieg is positioning himself as the moderate to watch for in the Democratic race. Can he overcome his lack of support from black voters? 

Charles Addams’s American Family

Friday, October 25, 2019

Addams set out to write a pitch-dark satire of suburban life, and ended up creating one of the most beloved cartoons of all time.

Elizabeth Strout’s View from the Top

Friday, October 04, 2019

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Olive Kitteridge” returns to a favorite haunt: a steep hill on her college campus, where she’d look out over the world.