Washington Post Editor Will Present ‘Brother Speak: Exploring the Lives of Black Men’

Chris Jenkins
Chris Jenkins courtesy photo
Oct. 23, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 23, 2015) –Baylor’s department of journalism, public relations and new media and the National Association of Black Journalists will host Chris Jenkins, executive producer of “BrotherSpeak” and assistant local editor at The Washington Post, at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in Marrs McLean Science Room 101 on Baylor’s campus.

As assistant local editor at The Washington Post, Jenkins supervises The Post’s local politics reporters. He recently served as interim managing editor for TheRoot.com and co-founded TheRootDC, The Post’s micro-site that focuses on Washington, D.C.’s African-American community.

As a political reporter for The Post’s Richmond bureau, Jenkins contributed to The Posts’ coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting massacre, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. As a regional social policy reporter, his stories about the mental health system of Virginia enacted changes in state law.

Jenkins is the executive producer of “BrotherSpeak: Exploring the Lives of Black Men,” an extensive project exploring the lives of black men in America. The three-part video series reveals a range of black men’s discussions about three words: fear, love and dream. Each video focuses on one word.

“We are very excited about bringing Mr. Jenkins to Baylor,” said Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, PR and new media. “His credentials are impeccable. He is not only knowledgeable in areas of news and reporting; he has also worked to improve race relations with an emphasis on African-American males.”

“Events like these are important to help shape the way people think,” said Kianna Ford, president of the National Association of Black Journalists at Baylor. “When we open our eyes to see others’ backgrounds that are different from our own, we get a different perspective on life. Jenkins has done a great job with his work and I’m excited for his lecture.”

This event is free and open to the public. Marrs McLean Science is located at 1214 S. Fourth St. Refreshments will be provided immediately following the lecture.

For more information, contact Mia Moody-Ramirez.

by Bethany Harper , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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