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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
Man views police-involved shooting
Getty Images / Scott OlsonU.S.

Despite Reforms Across US, Police Shootings Persist In High Numbers

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in "Jumanji"
Sony Pictures / "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"Entertainment

'Jumanji' Fans Still Stampeding Theaters, Pushing Gross To $500M

Chicago Police on crime scene
Getty Images / Scott OlsonU.S.

Shootings, Homicides In Chicago Drop After Historically Violent 2016

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" characters celebrate the New Year
Walt Disney Pictures / "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"Entertainment

'The Last Jedi' Celebrates NYE By Passing $1B At The Box Office

Memphis Confederate statue being removed
Twitter / @RepAkbariU.S.

Memphis Gets Creative To Take Down Two Confederate Statues

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"Entertainment

'Star Wars' Is Now Responsible For The 2 Largest Debuts In US Cinema

Darth Vader and stormtrooper toys
Getty Images / Kevork DjansezianEntertainment

The Empire Strikes It Rich: How 'Star Wars' Built A Franchise Dynasty

Characters in Pixar's "Coco"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Coco"Entertainment

'Coco' Holds Steady At No. 1 While Warner Bros. Hits $2B On The Year

Characters in Pixar's "Coco"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Coco"Entertainment

With No New Challengers At The Box Office, 'Coco' Keeps The Top Spot

Def Jam Recordings Co-Founder Russell Simmons
Getty Images / Stephen LovekinEntertainment

Russell Simmons Is Latest To Step Down After Sexual Assault Claims

Woman on cell phone outside of Supreme Court
Getty Images / Win McNameePolitics

A Look Inside The Case That Will Decide The Future Of Digital Privacy

Image from the movie "Justice League"
Warner Bros. / "Justice League"Entertainment

'Justice League' Has The Worst Debut Of DC Comics' Extended Universe

David Litt in the White House with President Obama
Photo Courtesy of David LittPolitics

Making The President Hilarious: A Former Speechwriter Tells His Story

Chris Hemsworth in "Thor: Ragnarok"
Walt Disney Studios / "Thor: Ragnarok"Entertainment

'Thor: Ragnarok' Takes No. 1 During A Strong Weekend At The Box Office

Thor played by Chris Hemsworth fights Hulk in  "Thor: Ragnarok"
Walt Disney Studios / "Thor: Ragnarok"Entertainment

"Thor: Ragnarok" Has $121M Box Office Debut — Fourth Best Of 2017

Indivisible chapter protesting
Instagram / indivisibleteamPolitics

How The Tea Party Inspired This National Progressive Movement

Scene from the movie "Jigsaw"
Lionsgate / "Jigsaw"Entertainment

After A 7-Year Hiatus, 'Jigsaw' Is Back At The Top Of The Box Office

Tyler Perry in "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween"

Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops The Box Office While 'Geostorm' Falls Flat

Laquan Mcdonald video press conference

16 Shots And A Video: Uncovering The Laquan McDonald Shooting

A still from "Blade Runner 2049"
Warner Bros. / "Blade Runner 2049"Entertainment

'Blade Runner 2049' Gets Everything Right — Except Ticket Sales

Tom Cruise shooting "American Made"
Universal Pictures / "American Made"Entertainment

Cruise's 'American Made' Is A Critical Hit, While 'Flatliners' Is DOA

NCAA basketball logo
Getty ImagesSports

FBI Arrests NCAA Basketball Coaches, Adidas Rep & Others For Bribery

"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" movie
20th Century Fox / "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"Entertainment

'Kingsman' Takes The No. 1 Spot While 'It' Continues To Break Records

Job fair in New York City
Getty Images / Andrew BurtonU.S.

Hiring Discrimination For Black People Is As Bad Now As It Was In 1989

"It" poster; "Mother!" poster
Paramount PicturesEntertainment

'It' Holds At No. 1, And 'Mother!' Makes History In All The Wrong Ways

U.S. Border Patrol in Laredo, Texas
Getty Images / John MoorePolitics

Living In Limbo: A DACA Recipient Talks Living On The Texas Border

Pennywise in "It" movie
Warner Bros. / "It"Entertainment

'It' Just Had The Best R-Rated Horror Film Debut Ever

Disney's First Black Animator, Floyd Norman
Filmbuff / "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life"Entertainment

Disney's First Black Animator Talks 60 Years In The Mouse House

Empty movie theater
Naoya Fujii / CC BY-NC 2.0Entertainment

Harvey And Boxing Give The Box Office Its Worst Weekend In 16 Years

Chicago Police Badge
Getty Images / Scott OlsonU.S.

Lawyer Behind Chicago Police Lawsuit Explains Need For Court Oversight