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.

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KalaLea appears in the following:

Is the Gift of Tuition Enough?

Friday, December 17, 2021

Élite universities want to diversify. A college senior explains how, even when schools give full scholarships, they may misunderstand the needs of the students they seek to recruit.

Life After Prison

Friday, December 03, 2021

In 2019, Jonathan was released from prison. Our producer shadowed him to learn what emancipation feels like after two decades of being locked up.

A Dozen Years After “The New Jim Crow”

Friday, December 03, 2021

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.

Wole Soyinka on His New Satire of Corruption and Fundamentalism

Friday, October 29, 2021

In a conversation with Vinson Cunningham, the Nobel laureate, known as a playwright and poet, explains why it took him almost fifty years to write his third novel.

Kara Walker Talks with Thelma Golden

Friday, October 08, 2021

The influential artist on how she uses historical imagery to address the issues of our moment.

Susan Orlean and David Remnick on Animals

Friday, October 08, 2021

The staff writer talks about her obsession with animals, and the ways we communicate with them.

Jelani Cobb on the Kerner Report, an Unheeded Warning about the Consequences of Racism

Friday, September 17, 2021

More than half a century after the report was published, white America still struggles to acknowledge its conclusion: racism is the root cause of inequality in the United States.

Klancy Miller Talks with Helen Rosner

Friday, August 20, 2021

The author of “Cooking Solo” talks with our food correspondent about her underlying philosophy: you should treat yourself as well as you would treat anyone else.

Episode 6: The Lesson

Friday, July 02, 2021

The HISTORY® Channel
WNYC Studios
What’s next for Tulsa?

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Episode 5: The Body

Friday, June 25, 2021

The HISTORY® Channel
WNYC Studios
Moving through and beyond. 

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Episode 4: The Massacre

Friday, June 18, 2021

The HISTORY® Channel
WNYC Studios
Greenwood burns.

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'Blindspot: Tulsa Burning'

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Host KalaLea on the new season of the WNYC Studios podcast Blindspot, about the Tulsa Race Massacre. 

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Episode 3: The Two Wars

Friday, June 11, 2021

The HISTORY® Channel
WNYC Studios
Fighting abroad — and at home — for equality.

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The Dawn of ‘Anti-Racist’ America

Monday, June 07, 2021

Ibram X. Kendi reflects on a shifting political culture -- and the fierce backlash against it. Plus, a remembrance of the 1921 Tulsa massacre.

Episode 2: The Rise of Greenwood

Friday, June 04, 2021

The HISTORY® Channel
WNYC Studios
Land, oil, greed.

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OTM Presents: "Blindspot: Tulsa Burning"

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Episode one of a new series from our WNYC colleagues and The HISTORY Channel. 

Episode 1: The Past Is Present

Friday, May 28, 2021

The HISTORY® Channel
WNYC Studios
A horrible secret surfaces. Two families struggle with its legacy.

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Introducing Blindspot: Tulsa Burning

Friday, May 21, 2021

The HISTORY® Channel
WNYC Studios
What happened in Tulsa 100 years ago?

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Actor Daniel Kaluuya’s Road to Revolutionary

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Kai talks to the “Judas and the Black Messiah” star about his award-winning portrayal of Fred Hampton and the legacy of the Black Panther Party.

Daniel Kaluuya Plays “the Black Messiah”

Friday, February 19, 2021

The actor—known for “Get Out” and “Black Panther”—talks about his role in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Kaluuya stars as Fred Hampton, a Black Panther leader many see as a martyr.