Nikole Hannah-Jones Biography

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Quick Facts About Nikole Hannah-Jones

Celebrated Name Nikole Hannah-Jones
Age 45 Years
Nick Name Nikole Hannah-Jones
Birth Name Nikole Sheri Hannah-Jones
Birth Date 1976-04-09
Gender Female
Profession Journalist
Birth Nation USA
Place Of Birth Waterloo, Iowa
Nationality American
Ethnicity Mixed
Father Milton Hannah
Mother Cheryl A. Novotny
Siblings 2
Religion Christian
Horoscope Aries
High School Waterloo West High School
University University of Notre Dame and University of North Carolina Hussman School
Awards 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and more
Net Worth $3 Million
Salary Between $24K to $90K
Source of Wealth Journalism Career
Married Date Married
Husband Faraji Hannah-Jones
Children 1
Daughter Najya Hammah-Jones
Residence Bedford–Stuyvesant
Sexual Orientation Straight
Hair Color Dark Brown
Body Type Average
Height Perfect
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Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning American investigative journalist. She is famous for the coverage of civil rights in the United States. She is also the staff writer for The New York Times since April 2015. She is the inaugural Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at the Howard University School of Communications, where she will also found the Center for Journalism and Democracy. In the year 2017, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and in 2020 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her work on "The 1619 Project". She became part of the nonprofit news organization ProPublica group in 2011. The NNOP is based in New York City. 

Nikole Hannah-Jones declines UNC tenure position and will join Howard University

 Nikole Hannah-Jones declined the University of North Carolina's offer of tenure and a teaching position with the school and has instead accepted a faculty role at Howard University. She made the announcement on "CBS This Morning" with Gayle King on Tuesday. She will be joined by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a fellow MacArthur genius grant recipient, at the historically Black, Washington, D.C.-based university. She also will found a brand new Center for Journalism and Democracy, the university announced. 

Famous For

  • Being an American investigative journalist. 
  • For her coverage of civil rights in the United States. 
  • Being a staff writer for The New York Times.
  • Winning the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her work on The 1619 Project in 2020. 

Nikole Hannah-Jones American investigative journalist

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What is the Real Name of Nikole Hannah-Jones?

Nikole Hannah-Jones was born on 9th April 1976 in Waterloo, Iowa, the USA. Her real name is Nikole Sheri Hannah-Jones. About her parents, she was born to her father, Milton Hannah, and her mother, Cheryl A. Novotny. Hannah-Jones is the second of three girls. Thus, she has two siblings. In 1947, her father, at the age of two, along with her mother and older brother, left Greenwood, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region, heading north by train to Iowa, as did many other African-American families, determined to avoid a life of "picking cotton in the feudal society that was the Mississippi Delta". She is American by nationality and her ethnic background is mixed as her father is African-American and her mother is Czech and English. She is Christian by religion and her horoscope sign is Aries. Her present age is 45 as of 2021. 

Regarding her educational qualification, Nikole studied at Waterloo West High School. She also used to write various high school newspapers there and completed her schooling in 1994. Then, she studied at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana earning a bachelor’s degree in History and African-American Studies. She also graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina Hussman School of Journalism and Media in 2003. 

How was the Career of Nikole Hannah-Jones?

  • Nikole Hannah-Jones started her journalism career in the year 2003; covering the education beat, which included the predominantly African American Durham Public Schools, for the Raleigh News & Observer, a position she held for three years. 
  • After moving to Portland, Oregon in 2006, she wrote for The Oregonian for six years covering an enterprise assignment that included feature work, then the demographics beat, and then the government & census beats.
  • The next year, she wrote about the impact on the community for the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders.
  • She then received a fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies from 2008 to 2009.
  • In the year 2011, she was part of the nonprofit news organization ProPublica and covered civil rights and its research.
  • She was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2021.
  • She became a staff reporter for The New York Times in 2015. Additionally, she has written about topics such as racial segregation, desegregation, and resegregation in American schools, and housing discrimination, and has spoken about these issues on national public radio broadcasts. 
  • She was a 2017 Emerson Fellow at the New America Foundation, where she worked on a book on school segregation.
  • What's more, she is a 2017 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation fellowship. 
  • She launched a project to re-examine the legacy of slavery in the United States, timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 2019.
  • She also produced a series of articles for a special issue of The New York Times Magazine titled The 1619 Project. 
  • She even won a Pulitzer Prize for the project work. It has been listed as one of the 10 greatest works of journalism in the decade from 2010 to 2019. 
  • In April 2021, the University of North Carolina announced Hannah-Jones would join the Hussman School of Journalism and Media in July 2021 as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism.
  • She refused the position at North Carolina and decided to accept a tenured position at Howard University instead, where she will be the inaugural Knight Chair in Race and Journalism. She also brings $20 million to Howard to support her work there, $5 million each from the Knight Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and an anonymous donor. 

Nikole Hannah-Jones is also the staff writer for The New York Times since April 2015

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Awards and Achievements

  • 2007, 2008, 2010: Society of Professional Journalists, Pacific Northwest, Excellence in Journalism Award 
  • 2012: Gannett Foundation Innovation in Watchdog Journalism Award 
  • 2013: Sidney Award 
  • 2013: Columbia University, Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award 
  • 2015: National Awards for Education Reporting, first prize, beat reporting
  • 2015: National Association of Black Journalists, Journalist of the Year 
  • 2015: National Magazine Award finalist, public interest
  • 2015: Education Writers Association, Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting 
  • 2015: Emerson College President's Award for Civic Leadership
  • 2015: The Root 100 
  • 2016: George Polk Award, radio reporting 
  • 2017: MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
  • 2017: National Magazine Award winner, public interest
  • 2019: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Distinguished Alumna Award
  • 2020: 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary

Who is Nikole Hannah-Jones's husband?

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a married man. She married her longtime boyfriend Faraji Hannah-Jones. Details regarding how they met and their dating history are still to get revealed yet as they both have not stated anything about it. Only the fact is known that they married in mid-2009. The married couple is also blessed with a daughter named Najya Hammah-Jones born in 2011. Currently, the family is residing in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Her sexual orientation is straight.

Nikole Hannah-Jones' husband Faraji Hannah-Jones

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How much is Nikole Hannah-Jones Net Worth?

Nikole Hannah-Jones's estimated net worth is $3 million as of 2021. The average salary of a writer for the New York Times is around $80,000 annually. Her annual salary is estimated to be around $24K to $90K. Her hourly average wage is between $ 10.15 and $ 31.32. Her major source of wealth comes from her journalism career. She is living a standard lifestyle as of today. 

How tall is Nikole Hannah-Jones?

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a very beautiful woman. She has a perfect height with a balanced weight. She has a glowing face with gorgeous eyes. She seems to have dark brown curly hair but she prefers it to dye into burgundy red. Overall, she has got a healthy body. Her other body measurement has not been disclosed yet. She has also inked tattoos on her body. 

Did You Know?

  • Her birth name is Nikole Sheri Hannah-Jones.
  • She is the second of three girls born to her parents.
  • Her ethnic background is mixed as her father is African-American and her mother is Czech and English.
  • She is the staff writer for The New York Times.
  • In the year 2017, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and in 2020 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her work on "The 1619 Project".