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.
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Politics Mar 17For some, Supreme Court nod is a ‘wasted opportunity’ for diversity
President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court Wednesday left some scratching their heads. Considering his historic election as the first African-American president, some pundits expected that Mr. Obama's presumably last opportunity to affect the highest…
Nation Mar 14How Puerto Rico’s economic crisis could shape Florida’s primary
With thousands of Puerto Ricans leaving the island for Florida, potential new voters means the U.S. territory's issues can no longer be ignored.
Nation Mar 07Data shows how major U.S. cities are slowly re-segregating
New research from Sociological Science suggests that white flight has been replaced with white avoidance, contributing to gradual re-segregation of American cities.
Arts Feb 25Like Beyoncé in ‘Formation,’ Big Freedia shows out for New Orleans
On the heels of her appearance in Beyoncé's "Formation," the "Queen of Bounce" Big Freedia talks staying true to herself and her New Orleans roots.
Education Feb 19‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ remains among top banned classical novels
Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird," considered one of the best novels of the 20th century, is also one of the most controversial.
Nation Feb 17The 5 best takeaways from The Black Panthers documentary
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panthers, PBS aired the documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” produced by Independent Lens. Here are just a few takeaways.
Education Feb 09African-Americans over-represented among low-paying college majors
More African-Americans are earning college degrees than ever before. But a new study shows they're over-represented in majors that lead to low-paying jobs.
Nation Feb 08Why is Milwaukee so bad for black people?
Milwaukee is one of the most segregated cities in the country, and statistically one of the worst for African-Americans. We explore key factors in the city's racial divide ahead of Thursday's Democratic debate.
World Feb 04At height of tourism season, Zika virus puts Caribbean economies at risk
The Caribbean is one of the most tourism-dependent regions in the world. So with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing a level two travel warning due to a presence of the Zika virus in several Caribbean nations,…
Politics Feb 032016 voters will be most diverse ever
Voters in this year’s presidential election will be some of the most diverse ever, according to the Pew Research Center. By Election Day, nearly one-in-three eligible voters will be Hispanic, black, Asian or any other racial and ethnic minority.