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Jamal Andress

Culture Reporter

Jamal Andress is a culture reporter focused on all the issues that impact black and brown communities. Jamal's storytelling has taken him all the way to Accra, Ghana, to cover international education, and back again to Chicago's Southwest Side to report on the shooting of Laquan McDonald and the subsequent trial of Jason Van Dyke. He got his bachelor's degree (and broadcast reporting chops) from the University of Missouri, where he worked at Columbia, Missouri's NBC station, KOMU. In one of his most memorable interviews, Jamal went to Charlottesville, Virginia, and spoke with Susan Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer was killed during a white supremacist rally just a year earlier.

  Recent Work
Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in "Men In Black: International"
Sony Pictures / "Men in Black International"Entertainment

'MIB: International' Opens With The Worst U.S. Debut Of The Franchise

Sophie Turner in "Dark Phoenix"
20th Century Fox / "Dark Phoenix"Entertainment

'Dark Phoenix' Caps Off X-Men With The Worst Debut Of The Franchise

Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry in "John Wick 3"
Lionsgate / "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum"Entertainment

'John Wick 3' Exceeds Box Office Expectations And Topples 'Endgame'

Jerome Davis holds the keys to his car that was impounded by the city of Chicago
Newsy / Andrew SchaferU.S.

Innocent Owners Fight To Get Their Seized Property Back

Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu in "Pokemon Detective Pikachu"
Warner Bros. / "Pokémon Detective Pikachu"Entertainment

'Detective Pikachu' Thunder Shocks The Box Office With $58M Debut

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in "Avengers: Endgame"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Avengers: Endgame"Entertainment

"Avengers: Engame" Is The Second Highest-Grossing Film Of All Time

Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Desmond Meade
Florida Rights Restoration CoalitionPolitics

Florida Ex-Felons Fight Bill That Restrict Their Right To Vote

"The Curse of La Llorona" movie
Warner Bros. / "The Curse of La Llorona"Entertainment

'Curse Of La Llorona' Beats Box-Office Expectations With $26M Debut

Marsai Martin in "Little"
Universal Pictures / "Little"Entertainment

Hollywood's Youngest Exec Makes Her Box Office Debut With "Little"

bloodstain-pattern analysis
Dan Winters / New York TimesU.S.

Bloodstain-Pattern Analysis Is 'More Subjective Than Scientific'

Joe Bryan, focus of the New York Times story "Blood Will Tell"
Dan Winters / New York TimesU.S.

'Blood Will Tell' Exposes Flaws In Common Forensic Science Practice

Zachary Levi in "Shazam!"
Warner Bros. / "Shazam!"Entertainment

"Shazam!" The DCEU Has Three Successful Hero Flicks In Two Years

Disney's 2019 remake of "Dumbo"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Dumbo"Entertainment

Disney's "Dumbo" Falls Behind Box Office Expectations In Debut Weekend

United States Supreme Court Building
Getty Images / Zach GibsonPolitics

6 Murder Trials: Curtis Flowers' Story Shows The Power Of Prosecutors

Family from Jordan Peele's 'Us'
Universal Pictures / "Us"Entertainment

Jordan Peele's "Us" Breaks Box Office Records During Debut Weekend

Chicago police badge
Getty Images / Scott OlsonU.S.

Officer's Lawsuit Against Chicago Police Defies "Code of Silence"

Brie Larson in "Captain Marvel"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Captain Marvel"Entertainment

"Captain Marvel" Continues To Dominate Worldwide Box Office With $760M

Students at Stanford
Getty Images / Justin SullivanU.S.

When It Comes To College Admissions, It Pays To Be Rich

Brie Larson as "Captain Marvel"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Captain Marvel"Entertainment

"Captain Marvel" Has Best Global Debut For Solo Female-Led Film Ever

Sacramento protesters march for Stephon Clark
Justin Sullivan / Getty ImagesU.S.

Calif. AG Announces No Charges Against Officers Who Shot Stephon Clark

Tyler Perry in "A Madea Family Funeral"
Lionsgate / "A Madea Family Funeral"Entertainment

'Madea Family Funeral' Gets $27M Debut In Character's Final Bow

Latino student and his mother in Chicago
Getty Images / Scott OlsonU.S.

New Report Shows $23B Gap Between White And Nonwhite School Districts

Clip from "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"
Universal Pictures / "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"Entertainment

The Final "How To Train Your Dragon" Film Has Best Debut Of The Series

Alita from "Alita: Battle Angel"
20th Century Fox / "Alita: Battle Angel"Entertainment

James Cameron's "Alita" Doesn't Flop But Isn't Quite Successful Either

Garden in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Newsy / Dave FrancoU.S.

Reliving The Parkland Shooting With The People Who Were There

Maddy Wilford interning with the Broward County Hosptial
Courtesy of David WilfordU.S.

Parkland Survivor Maddy Wilford Returns To Hospital — As An Intern

Memorial to Nick Dworet who was shot and killed in the Parkland shooting
Newsy / Dave FrancoU.S.

For Some Parents Of Parkland Victims, Time Doesn't Heal All Wounds

Parkland shooting survivor Anthony Borges shows scars
Newsy / Sarah GirouxU.S.

The Road To Recovery For Parkland's Humble Hero, Anthony Borges

James McAvoy in "Glass"
Universal Pictures / "Glass"Entertainment

"Glass" Holds On To Top Box Office Spot With $19M Sophomore Weekend

'Laundromat Story Time' program in Chicago
Newsy / Jamal AndressU.S.

Wash And Learn: Laundromats And Libraries Are Fighting 'Book Deserts'