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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
Jussie Smollett
Getty Images / Nuccio DiNuzzoU.S.

Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty To New Charges For The Same Incident

Choose to Change students in Chicago
Madeline Carl / NewsyU.S.

Chicago Program Proven To Cut Youth Arrests Years After Program Ends

NYPD vehicle
Getty ImagesU.S.

NY's Bail Reform Law Could Face Rollbacks Weeks After Taking Effect

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby
Getty ImagesU.S.

The Prosecutor's Role In Doing And Undoing Mass Incarceration

United States Supreme Court Building
Getty Images / Zach GibsonPolitics

Mississippi DA In Curtis Flowers Case Recuses Himself After 6 Trials

A "For Rent" sign in Chicago
Scott Olson/Getty ImagesU.S.

Chicagoans With Criminal Records Get New Housing Protections In 2020

Navajo Nation Citizens
Navajo Nation Washington OfficePolitics

Execution May Set Dangerous Precedent Of Overruling Native Nations

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear
Getty Images / John Sommers IIPolitics

Kentucky Gov.'s Voting Rights Order Could Exclude Up To 170,000 Felons

Attorney General William Barr
Getty ImagesPolitics

Barr Slammed For Linking Police Protection With Respect For Officers

Death Chamber at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
Getty Images / Mike SimonsU.S.

AG Barr Is Prepared To Fight To Bring Back The Federal Death Penalty

Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer
CNNU.S.

Bureau Of Prisons Director Answers To Congress For Epstein's Death

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump
Joe Raedle / Getty ImagesU.S.

Ben Crump Is Still Fighting 'Stand Your Ground' 7 Years After Trayvon

President Donald Trump at IACP rally in Chicago
Scott Olson / Getty ImagesPolitics

Trump Blasts CPD's Top Official And Sanctuary Cities In Chicago Speech

President Trump speaks
Bill Pugliano / Getty ImagesPolitics

Trump Doubles Down On 'What Do You Have To Lose' Pitch To Black Voters

Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five
Getty ImagesU.S.

Central Park Five Member On Why Youth Are Prone To False Confessions

Sign for Rikers Island jail complex
Getty Images / Spencer PlattU.S.

NYC Council Votes To Close Infamous Rikers Island Jail By 2026

Returning Citizen Eric Harris of Iowa City, Iowa
Andrew Shafer / NewsyPolitics

For Former Felons, A State Line Between Voting and Disenfranchisement

"Dowton Abbey" feature film
Focus Features / "Downton Abbey"Entertainment

'Downton Abbey' Beats Brad Pitt And Sly Stallone At Crowded Box Office

Jennifer Lopez & Constance Wu in "Hustlers"
STX Entertainment / "Hustlers"Entertainment

'Hustlers' Posts Record-Breaking Debut To Go Along With Its Oscar Buzz

Gerard Butler in "Angel Has Fallen"
Lionsgate / "Angel Has Fallen"Entertainment

'Angel Has Fallen' Beats Box Office Expectations With $21M Debut

Stars of "Good Boys"
Universal Pictures / "Good Boys"Entertainment

'Good Boys' Takes No. 1 At The Box Office And Makes Some Movie History

The Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City
Getty Images / David Dee DelgadoU.S.

Epstein Is Just One Of Many Problems Facing The Bureau Of Prisons

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in "Hobbs & Shaw"
Universal Pictures / "Hobbs & Shaw"Entertainment

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Shows This Franchise Still Has Box Office Muscle

Police officers at a graduation ceremony
Getty Images / Drew AngererPolitics

A Growing Number Of Police Departments Are Outsourcing Their Policies

Leonardo DiCaprio in "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood"
Sony Pictures / "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood"Entertainment

'Once Upon A Time' Gives Tarantino The Best Debut Of His Career

Tom Holland in "Spider-Man: Far From Home"
Sony Pictures / "Spider-Man: Far From Home"Entertainment

'Far From Home' Becomes Third Highest-Grossing Spidey Flick Ever

Tom Holland & Zendaya in "Spider-Man: Far From Home"
Sony Pictures / "Spider-Man: Far From Home"Entertainment

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Ropes In Record $185M Over Holiday Weekend

Woody and Buzz Lightyear in "Toy Story 4"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Toy Story 4"Entertainment

'Toy Story 4' Heads To Half A Billion Box Office Dollars

R. Kelly walking into Chicago's Leighton Criminal Court building
Getty Images / Nuccio DiNuzzoU.S.

Jim DeRogatis Says You Can't Separate Art From Artist With R. Kelly

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