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
Education May 10Twitter chat: Demanding change on college campuses
Months after protests on campuses reached a boiling point nationally, what's next for the student activists who became the faces of a movement?…
Education May 05Adviser dispels 3 myths on choosing a school
High school seniors are applying to more colleges than ever. But despite being accepted into a first-choice college or university, many students are opting not to enroll for various reasons, including financial constraints.
Education May 04Twitter chat: How important are college choices?
High school seniors are applying to more colleges than ever, but fewer are choosing to enroll in their first choice. Do choices still matter? Join the PBS NewsHour for a Twitter chat on Thursday.
Education May 025 things to know before committing to a college
Today marks the deadline for high school students to enroll in a college or university. Here's what you need to know before deciding.
Arts Apr 29What Beyoncé teaches us about the African diaspora in ‘Lemonade’
By now, countless think pieces and listicles have broken down Beyoncé’s ode to black womanhood in her latest visual album “Lemonade.” But the acclaimed offering by the R&B diva does more than just pay homage to African-American women or southern…
Education Apr 26Michelle Obama hosts National College Signing Day 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the third annual National College Signing Day event at New York City.
Arts Apr 21Prince, music icon whose influence spanned 4 decades, dead at 57
Prince, whose unique blend of funk, soul, hip-hop and pop earned him top honors in music and millions of fans worldwide, died Thursday at 57.
Nation Apr 20The problem with Snapchat’s Bob Marley filter goes beyond blackface
While some accuse Snapchat of promoting blackface, others point to a bigger problem with the Bob Marley filter.
Education Mar 31Twitter chat: When teaching, race and culture collide
Check out highlights from NewsHour's Twitter chat on race and teaching in urban education.
Education Mar 28What ‘white folks who teach in the hood’ get wrong about education
A Columbia University professor has had enough of what he calls a pervasive narrative in urban education: a savior complex that places mostly white teachers in minority classrooms as heroes who "saving" kids.