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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
"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

Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in "The Hitman's Bodyguard"
Lionsgate / "The Hitman’s Bodyguard"Entertainment

'The Hitman's Bodyguard' Kills Box-Office Hopes For 'Logan Lucky'

Lulu Wilson in "Annabelle: Creation"
Warner Bros. / "Annabelle"Entertainment

'Conjuring' Series Gets More Terrifying With 'Annabelle: Creation'

Vintage Kool cigarette ad
Imperial Tobacco CompanySci/Health

Menthol Cigarettes' Hidden Link To Black Americans

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in "The Dark Tower"
Sony Pictures / "The Dark Tower"Entertainment

'The Dark Tower' Takes An Unsatisfying No. 1 Spot Bow At Box Office

Memorials to shooting victims in Chicago
Getty Images / Scott OlsonU.S.

Chicago Still Seeing Record Homicides Despite A Decline In Shootings

T.J. Miller stars in "The Emoji Movie"
Getty ImagesEntertainment

There's A Movie Completely About Emoji, And It's Awful. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Transgender service members
Getty Images / Ucas JacksonU.S.

Putting Trump's Proposed Transgender Military Ban In Context

Ray Tensing on trial
Getty Images / Mark LyonsU.S.

Charges Dropped Against Ohio Officer Who Killed Unarmed Black Man

The movie "Girls Trip"
Universal Pictures / "Girls Trip"Entertainment

"Girls Trip" Is The First Hit Adult Comedy Of the Summer — By A Lot

Graduation cap
Instagram / briamazingBusiness

Up To $5B In Student Loans Could Be Erased Due To Missing Paperwork

Jordan Edwards Who Was Shot and Killed By Police
Courtesy of Lee MerrittU.S.

Officer Who Fatally Shot Unarmed 15-Year-Old Indicted On Murder Charge

LeBron James in Blaze Pizza
Blaze PizzaBusiness

LeBron James' Pizza Joint Is The Fastest-Growing Fast-Food Chain Ever

Pregnant woman
Getty Images / Ian WaldieU.S.

Incarcerated Women Are Still Being Shackled During Childbirth

Tom Holland in "Spider-Man: Homecoming"
Sony Pictures / "Spider-Man: Homecoming"Entertainment

Marvel Studios Delivers A $117M Debut And A More Authentic Spider-Man

Ansel Elgort in "Baby Driver"
Sony Pictures / "Baby Driver"Entertainment

'Baby Driver' Takes No. 2 At The Box Office But Still Wins The Weekend

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
Getty Images / Chip SomodevillaU.S.

Sheriff David Clarke's Jail And Its Year Of Constant Controversy

Anthony Hopkins in "Transformers: The Last Knight"
Paramount Pictures / "Transformers: The Last Knight"Entertainment

The Newest 'Transformers' Film Had The Worst US Debut Of The Franchise

Dashcam video of Philando Castile's shooting
Ramsey CountyU.S.

Here's Dashcam Video Of What Happened Before Philando Castile Was Shot

Charleena Lyles was shot and killed by Seattle Police
Courtesy of the Lyles Family and British Columbia Emergency PhotographyU.S.

Seattle Police Shoot And Kill Pregnant Woman In Her Home

Demetrius Shipp in "All Eyez on Me"
Walt Disney Studios / "Cars 3" & Lionsgate / "All Eyez on Me"Entertainment

Pixar Redeems Itself With 'Cars 3'; Tupac Biopic Beats Expectations

2017 NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant
Getty Images / Ezra ShawSports

Golden State Warriors Get The Best Of The NBA's First Finals Trilogy

Infowars Alex Jones and NBC's Megyn Kelly
Info WarsBusiness

Some Don't Like Megyn Kelly's New Interview — Including A Newtown Mom

Universal Pictures' 2017 movie "The Mummy"
Universal Pictures / "The Mummy"Entertainment

'The Mummy' Shows No Signs Of Life At The Domestic Box Office

Kimber Smith stands in the FEMA Diamond travel trailer park
Getty Images / Mario TamaU.S.

States With More Black People Hold On Tighter To Welfare Money