KalaLea has been producing interviews and narrative features for almost five years for WNYC and the New Yorker Radio Hour, hosted by David Remnick.

KalaLea has a Master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she has taught an Audio Reporting course. KalaLea is also the host of Season 2 of Blindspot: Tulsa Burning, a collaboration with the History Channel, WNYC Studios , KOSU and Focus Black Oklahoma. In 2022, KalaLea and the Tulsa Burning team were awarded a duPont Columbia Journalism Award, two Webby Awards for Best Series and Best Writing, as well as a NAACP Image Awardfor Outstanding News + Information Podcast. They were also nominated for a Peabody Award.

Before becoming a radio journalist, KalaLea worked as a digital producer and before that she was the co-owner of a little cafe in Brooklyn, NY.


KalaLea appears in the following:

Geoffrey Hinton: “It’s Far Too Late” to Stop Artificial Intelligence

Friday, November 17, 2023

The so-called godfather of A.I. believes we need to put constraints on the technology so it won’t free itself from human control. But he’s not sure whether that’s possible.


Will the Government Put the Reins on Amazon?

Friday, November 10, 2023

In a relatively short period of time, Amazon has exerted an enormous amount of influence over a broad spectrum of American life. From the groceries we buy to the movies and television...


Is a “Win-Win” Still Possible in Policing?

Friday, November 03, 2023

Kai Wright leads a roundtable discussion about the attempts to reform policing in the wake of Black Lives Matter and whether those efforts have had a positive impact.


Sybrina Fulton: “Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Anybody’s Son”

Friday, November 03, 2023

The mother whose teen-age boy’s death inspired a movement a little more than a decade ago continues to grieve his loss, and to demand accountability.


Nicole Sealey Erased the Ferguson Report So That You Will See It

Friday, November 03, 2023

When the poet read the damning report on the police who killed Michael Brown, she imagined a different future embedded in it by erasing it into a work of lyric poetry.


Hernan Diaz’s “Trust,” a Novel of High Finance

Friday, September 22, 2023

The author was nearly unknown when his second novel—about a shady, mega-rich financier—won the Pulitzer Prize. He talks with David Remnick about the “pure abstraction” of money.

Will the End of Affirmative Action Lead to the End of Legacy Admissions?

Friday, August 11, 2023

The U.S. Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona, and the contributor Jeannie Suk Gersen on the movement to end legacy admissions—and the larger problem of equity in college acceptance.

Donovan Ramsey on “When Crack Was King”

Friday, July 14, 2023

The journalist talks about his chronicle of the crack-cocaine epidemic, and how that epidemic came to an end.

The Rise of Therapy on TV

Friday, July 14, 2023

Three critics—Doreen St. Félix, Alexandra Schwartz, and Inkoo Kang—discuss why so many scripted and reality shows use psychotherapy as a central plotline.

Jonathan Mitchell, a Prominent Anti-Abortion Lawyer, on Restraining the Power of the Supreme Court

Friday, June 23, 2023

The architect of the Texas Heartbeat Act talks with the contributor Jeannie Suk Gersen about why he wants to undermine judicial supremacy.

Dexter Filkins on the Dilemma at the Border

Friday, June 16, 2023

The last major overhaul of the immigration system was in 1986. Changing conditions and a political impasse have created a state of chaos that the Biden Administration can no longer deny.

What if the Supreme Court Ends Affirmative Action?

Friday, March 17, 2023

The conservative majority may strike down consideration of race in school admissions. David Remnick talks with two academics and an admissions officer about the future of diversity.

Angela Bassett on Playing Tina Turner and Queen Ramonda of Wakanda

Friday, February 17, 2023

Her performance in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” earned the Marvel Universe’s first Oscar nomination in acting. Bassett talks with Michael Schulman about some of her iconic roles.

Chuck D on How Hip-Hop Changed the World

Friday, February 03, 2023

The Public Enemy front man talks with Kelefa Sanneh about the history of hip-hop. The documentary he co-produced, “Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World,” is airing now on PBS.

The Photographer Who Documented a Long-Forgotten Pan-African Festival

Friday, January 06, 2023

Julian Lucas talks with Marilyn Nance about FESTAC ’77, described as the most important Black cultural event of the last century. Why have so few people heard of it?

Pleasure and Politics at the World Cup

Friday, December 09, 2022

“The first ten days were soccer as it is,” Sam Knight writes, “rather than as you want it to be.” He reports on his experience in Qatar.

How Qatar Took the World Cup

Friday, November 18, 2022

Heidi Blake, a co-author of “The Ugly Game,” speaks about FIFA’s dirty business, and how Qatar came to host the games.

U2’s Bono Talks with David Remnick—Live

Friday, October 28, 2022

The singer has written a memoir, “Surrender.” It deals with the early loss of his mother, finding religion in music, and navigating the Troubles while in a rock band from Dublin.

Joshua Yaffa on What’s Next for Ukraine

Friday, September 30, 2022

In recent weeks, we’ve seen a sharp turn of events in Russia and Ukraine. But, even as Ukrainian troops make significant advances, Moscow is threatening nuclear war.

The Actor Jenifer Lewis: Mother, Activist, Hurricane

Friday, August 26, 2022

Wherever she performs, Jenifer Lewis tends to steal the show. Now she’s written a new book and plays a multimillionaire boss on Showtime’s “I Love That For You.”