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Jamal Andress

Culture Reporter

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
Family from Jordan Peele's 'Us'
Universal Pictures / "Us"Entertainment

Jordan Peele's "Us" Breaks Box Office Records During Debut Weekend

Chicago police badge
Getty Images / Scott OlsonU.S.

Officer's Lawsuit Against Chicago Police Defies "Code of Silence"

Brie Larson in "Captain Marvel"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Captain Marvel"Entertainment

"Captain Marvel" Continues To Dominate Worldwide Box Office With $760M

Students at Stanford
Getty Images / Justin SullivanU.S.

When It Comes To College Admissions, It Pays To Be Rich

Brie Larson as "Captain Marvel"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Captain Marvel"Entertainment

"Captain Marvel" Has Best Global Debut For Solo Female-Led Film Ever

Sacramento protesters march for Stephon Clark
Justin Sullivan / Getty ImagesU.S.

Calif. AG Announces No Charges Against Officers Who Shot Stephon Clark

Tyler Perry in "A Madea Family Funeral"
Lionsgate / "A Madea Family Funeral"Entertainment

'Madea Family Funeral' Gets $27M Debut In Character's Final Bow

Latino student and his mother in Chicago
Getty Images / Scott OlsonU.S.

New Report Shows $23B Gap Between White And Nonwhite School Districts

Clip from "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"
Universal Pictures / "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"Entertainment

The Final "How To Train Your Dragon" Film Has Best Debut Of The Series

Alita from "Alita: Battle Angel"
20th Century Fox / "Alita: Battle Angel"Entertainment

James Cameron's "Alita" Doesn't Flop But Isn't Quite Successful Either

Garden in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Newsy / Dave FrancoU.S.

Reliving The Parkland Shooting With The People Who Were There

Maddy Wilford interning with the Broward County Hosptial
Courtesy of David WilfordU.S.

Parkland Survivor Maddy Wilford Returns To Hospital — As An Intern

Memorial to Nick Dworet who was shot and killed in the Parkland shooting
Newsy / Dave FrancoU.S.

For Some Parents Of Parkland Victims, Time Doesn't Heal All Wounds

Parkland shooting survivor Anthony Borges shows scars
Newsy / Sarah GirouxU.S.

The Road To Recovery For Parkland's Humble Hero, Anthony Borges

James McAvoy in "Glass"
Universal Pictures / "Glass"Entertainment

"Glass" Holds On To Top Box Office Spot With $19M Sophomore Weekend

'Laundromat Story Time' program in Chicago
Newsy / Jamal AndressU.S.

Wash And Learn: Laundromats And Libraries Are Fighting 'Book Deserts'

James McAvoy in "Glass"
Universal Pictures / "Glass"Entertainment

"Glass" Dominates MLK Weekend With $40 Million Box Office Debut

Donald Trump after signing First Step Act into law
Win McNamee / Getty ImagesU.S.

Trump's Govt. Shutdown Is Undermining His Own Criminal Justice Reform

Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart in "The Upside"
STX Entertainment / "The Upside"Entertainment

"The Upside" Takes No. 1, While "Aquaman" Passes $1 Billion Worldwide

Cyntoia Brown in court
CNN NewsourceU.S.

After Serving 15 Years, Cyntoia Brown Is Granted Clemency By Governor

Jason Momoa as Aquaman
Warner Bros. / "Aquaman"Entertainment

"Aquaman" Looks To Be The First DCEU Film To Cross $1 Billion

Jason Momoa as 'Aquaman' and Emily Blunt as 'Mary Poppins'
Warner Bros. / "Aquaman" Walt Disney Pictures / "Mary Poppins Returns"Entertainment

"Aquaman" and "Mary Poppins Returns" Help Close Record Box Office Year

Scene from "Aquaman"
Warner Bros. / "Aquaman"Entertainment

"Aquaman" Finally Docks At The Domestic Box Office With $67M Debut

Image from Jasmine Marie Johnson's Funeral
Newsy / Madeline CarlU.S.

Murders Of Women By Their Partners Could Be Prevented, But Persist

Scene from "SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE"
Sony Pictures / "SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE"Entertainment

"Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse" Takes Over The Holiday Box Office

Mitch McConnell addressing the media
Getty Images / Chip SomodevillaPolitics

McConnell Agrees to Give First Step Act A Vote Despite Some Pushback

Image from "Ralph Breaks the Internet" Movie
Walt Disney Pictures / "Ralph Breaks the Internet"Entertainment

"Ralph Breaks the Internet" Leads Slow Box Office Weekend

Donald Trump at Republican National Convention
Getty Images / Joe RaedlePolitics

Trump's Past Rhetoric Makes Progressives Nervous About First Step Act

Michael B. Jordan in "Creed II"
MGM / "Creed II" & Walt Disney Pictures / "Ralph Breaks the Internet"Entertainment

"Ralph Breaks The Internet" Stays No. 1 While "Creed II" Slips A Spot

Donald Trump announces his support for the First Step Act
Getty Images / Mark WilsonU.S.

Congress May Pass Largest Prison Reform Since '94. Here's What's In It