About Kenya @LiveFromKenya
Kenya Downs is the digital reporter and producer for PBS NewsHour’s Race Matters and education verticals, creating multimedia content for online and television centered on issues of race and social justice, including exploring the intersection of identity and culture with education reform and policy. Kenya also contributes content related to the Caribbean region for NewsHour's international coverage. She’s previously worked with National Public Radio, Al-Jazeera Media Network and CBS News. Kenya is a graduate of both Howard University and American University and is based in Washington, D.C.
Kenya’s Recent Stories
Nation Sep 26Gunman injures nine at shopping mall in Houston
A man who opened fire in the parking lot of a strip mall in Houston early Monday -- injuring nine -- was killed following a shootout with police.
Nation Sep 23Video: Charlotte shooting of Keith Scott filmed by wife, released by family lawyers
The cell phone video shows the moments leading up to, and after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott.
Nation Sep 22Black men fleeing the police is reasonable, Massachusetts court rules
A Massachusetts court rules that a history of racial bias in police searches makes it reasonable for black men to flee.
Education Sep 13Twitter Chat: How to get more Latino males pursuing higher education
How can more Latino males overcome financial and cultural barriers to higher education? Join The PBS NewsHour for our Twitter chat.
Nation Sep 08From prison to Ph.D, this activist fights for peace in Chicago
Chico Tillmon went from being a leader in a gang, to steering inner-city young from a life of crime.
Nation Sep 01Milwaukee’s problems span decades, but solutions divide generations
The latest uprising in Milwaukee highlights a generational divide on solutions to decades of discrimination and police violence.
Nation Aug 31What’s it like being a black man in Milwaukee?
By several counts, Milwaukee ranks as the worst city to live for black Americans. The NewsHour spoke with several black men about their experiences living in the city.
Nation Aug 15WATCH LIVE: Henry Louis Gates Jr., PBS NewsHour host ‘Race and the Race to the White House’ forum
How has race shaped the presidency and the 2016 campaign? Join NewsHour for a special forum moderated by special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
Education Aug 12Americans are more concerned about wealth-based achievement gaps than race
"We were surprised that so many Americans believe race- and ethnicity-based gaps are minimally, or in no way, a result of the nation’s legacy of racial discrimination and injustice,” wrote Daniel Newark, author of new survey findings published in the…
Nation Aug 11Critics see Snapchat as having no filter on racial stereotypes
The popular social network is facing its second controversy in just four months over a filter some say is racist against Asians.