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Jamal Andress


Jamal Andress is a journalist who, like Newsy, is focused on the future. The Houston native's winters are a little colder now that he's reporting in and around the Windy City. His journalist toolkit includes writing, editing, anchoring, shooting and dogged persistence. Jamal's stories have focused on social justice and police reform. What keeps Jamal in the business is same thing that drew him there in the first place: giving a voice to the voiceless. So if you have a story idea (or a solid jump shot), shoot him an email — and by email, he actually means a tweet.

  Recent Work
Jarred Vanderbilt after winning the FIBA Championship
USA BasketballSports

This Top-25 High School Basketball Player Told Us Why He's Next Up

Power Rangers in 2017 Reboot Movie
Lionsgate / "Power Rangers"Entertainment

'Power Rangers' Shows Its Millennial Appeal With $40M Opening Weekend

Robert Bork and President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and MuseumPolitics

'Borked': How A 1987 SCOTUS Nominee Still Affects Nominations Today

Tom Brady looks for his missing jersey after Super Bowl 51.
Getty ImagesSports

The Tom Brady Jersey Thief Actually Had 2 Brady Super Bowl Jerseys

Belle and the Beast Dancing
Walt Disney Studios / "Beauty and the Beast"Entertainment

'Beauty And The Beast': A Tale As Old As Time And Profitable As Ever

Attorney General Jeff Sessions takes questions during a press conference
Getty Images / Win McNameeU.S.

Project Exile: What To Know About Jeff Sessions' Plan To Reduce Crime

New video of Michael Brown in a Ferguson convenience store
Jason Pollock / "Stranger Fruit"U.S.

Filmmaker Says New Video Shows Michael Brown Didn't Rob Local Store

King Kong in Kong Skull Island Movie
Warner Bros / "Kong: Skull Island"Entertainment

'Kong: Skull Island' Brings The Famous Ape Back To Theaters Properly

Ghanaian kids in school in Accra
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

Ghana Has Made Education A Priority, And Now It's Paying Off

Hugh Jackman in 'Logan' movie
20th Century Fox / "Logan"Entertainment

Hugh Jackman's Last Turn As 'Logan' Turns Out To Be His Best

Children compete in Ghana's 2017 spelling bee.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

A 10-Year-Old National Spelling Competition In An Unlikely Place

Daniel Kaluuya in "Get Out" movie
Universal Pictures / "Get Out"Entertainment

Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' Takes Critics And The Box Office By Storm

Producer Nicole Amarteifio smiling at her Ghana studio
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

Meet The Woman Who's Been Called The 'Issa Rae Of West Africa'

Matt Damon starring in "The Great Wall"
Universal Pictures / "The Great Wall"Entertainment

After Making Millions In China, 'The Great Wall' Flops In US Theaters

US Passport over map of Ghana, Africa
Newsy / Andrew LawlerWorld

Black Americans Tell The Highs And Lows Of 'Returning Home' To Ghana

"The Lego Batman Movie," "Fifty Shades Darker" and "John Wick" posters
Universal Pictures / Warner Bros. / LionsgateEntertainment

'Lego Batman,' 'Fifty Shades,' 'John Wick' Share Crowded Box Office

View of the Atlantic Ocean from Elmina Castle
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

Before The Boat: Life In An African Slave Castle

Lily Tugbah wins Ghana Spelling Bee
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

Meet The Girl Representing All Of Africa In This Year's Spelling Bee

Female Slave Dungeon sign at Elmina Castle in Ghana
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

A Hidden Treasure In This Ghanaian Slave Castle: An Overdue Apology

James McAvoy starring in M. Night Shyamalan film "Split"
Universal Pictures / "Split"Entertainment

M. Night Shyamalan Continues Comeback With $40M 'Split' Debut

College graduates toss caps
Getty ImagesBusiness

Gov. Sues Largest US Student Loan Company For 'Failing' Borrowers

Police officers arrest a man
Getty ImagesU.S.

National Police Orgs Recommend De-Escalation Be Adopted Across The US

Tariji P Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer star in "Hidden Figures"
20th Century Fox / "Hidden Figures"Entertainment

'Hidden Figures' Stays Strong In A Weekend Full Of Flops

President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address in Chicago.
Getty ImagesPolitics

Thousands Of Obama Supporters Give 44th President A Chi-Town Send-Off

George Zimmerman sits in a Seminole County courtroom in 2012.
Getty ImagesPolitics

Study Links Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law To Rise In Violence

Black women star in "Hidden Figures," a movie set at NASA in the 1960s
20th Century Fox / "Hidden Figures"Entertainment

'Hidden Figures' Gives Black STEM Heroes The Recognition They Deserve

Sean Spicer, Incoming White House Press Secretary
Newsy / Jamal AndressPolitics

New White House Press Secretary Says He Doesn't Tame Trump's Tweets

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont
Flickr / governorandrewcuomoPolitics

Sanders Says This Plan For Free College Tuition Is Bigger Than N.Y.

President Obama greets inmates at El Reno Federal Correctional Institution
The White HouseU.S.

Obama Grants Clemency To The Largest Group Ever

Police officer body camera
Getty Images / George FreyU.S.

Many US States Are Passing Laws To Keep Body Cam Footage Private