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 Jul 22When black death goes viral, it can trigger PTSD-like trauma
“We’re witnessing mentally and emotionally traumatizing videos and pictures. It’s enough, it’s just enough. It’s just so overwhelming all the time." - April Reign, managing editor for Broadway Black…
Nation Jul 22Airbnb enlists Eric Holder to address racial discrimination
Airbnb has a racial discrimination problem, and they're enlisting former Attorney General Eric Holder to help fix it.
Nation Jul 14Why aren’t more people talking about Latinos killed by police?
As protests draw attention to killings of African-Americans, advocates are demanding more coverage of violent policing in Latino communities.
Nation Jun 22Latinos reveal struggles of being LGBTQ in wake of Orlando shooting
What's it like to be Latino and gay? Members of Orlando’s Latino LGBTQ community share the struggles they face being a part of two, sometimes dueling, communities.
Politics Jun 08#GirlIGuessImWithHer: Disappointed voters show reluctant support for Clinton
One Twitter, would-be voters are showing reluctant support for Hillary Clinton using #GirlIGuessImWithHer.
Education Jun 06Twitter Chat: Is college really for everyone?
With massive debt and a bleak job market having many graduates regretting their degrees, NewsHour asked if college is really meant for everyone.
Education May 27Why getting a student’s name right matters
NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan hosts a special Google Hangout on what it really means when we mispronounce students' names.
World May 20Despite reports, Haiti not joining the African Union
Rumors circulated that the Caribbean nation of Haiti would become the African Union's 55th member state. Not true, says the African Union.
Education May 20#ActuallyMyNameIs: Why it matters when we butcher students’ names
Does having a unique name affect you? Did a teacher ever butcher or make fun of it? Share your experiences using #ActuallyMyNameIs as part of NewHour's Google Hangout.
Education May 18Twitter Chat: How can colleges retain their most vulnerable students?
What more can colleges and universities do to ensure the country's most vulnerable students aren't just enrolling but are graduating too? Join NewsHour for our Twitter chat on college retention rates.