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Jamal Andress

Culture Reporter

Jamal Andress is a culture reporter focused on all the issues that impact black and brown communities. Jamal's storytelling has taken him all the way to Accra, Ghana, to cover international education, and back again to Chicago's Southwest Side to report on the shooting of Laquan McDonald and the subsequent trial of Jason Van Dyke. He got his bachelor's degree (and broadcast reporting chops) from the University of Missouri, where he worked at Columbia, Missouri's NBC station, KOMU. In one of his most memorable interviews, Jamal went to Charlottesville, Virginia, and spoke with Susan Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer was killed during a white supremacist rally just a year earlier.

  Recent Work
George Floyd memorial
APU.S.

George Floyd Joins A Series Of High-Profile 2020 Police Killings

Amy Cooper in viral video
Courtesy of Christian CooperU.S.

For Some, Central Park Incident Harks Back To Past Racial Violence

Cassandra Greer-Lee holds photo of Nickolas Greer
Madeline Carl / NewsyU.S.

Widow Of Cook County Jail Detainee Who Died Of COVID-19 Speaks Out

Elkton Federal Prison
Bureau of PrisonsU.S.

Judge Orders Release Of Nearly 800 At-Risk Ohio Federal Prisoners

Elizabeth Lalasz outside of Cook County Jail
APSci/Health

Chicago Nurses Call For More Cook Co. Jail Detainees To Be Released

Quarantine and care facility at Cook County Jail
CNNU.S.

Chicago's County Jail Is Facing The U.S.' Worst COVID-19 Outbreak

inmates walk around a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif.
APU.S.

COVID-19 Is Forcing Cities Into The Future Of Criminal Justice Reform

Bail bonds neon sign
AP ImagesU.S.

New York Partially Rolls Back Controversial Bail Reform

Illinois state prison Stateville Correctional Center
Rw2 at English WikipediaU.S.

Coronavirus Cases In Prisons Continue To Spread After Deadly Weekend

President Donald Trump at Criminal Justice Forum
APU.S.

Activists Ask Trump To Use His Own Legislation To Free Federal Inmates

Cook County Jail Health Services
AP Photo/Jeff RobersonU.S.

Chicago Jail Officer, 2 Detainees Test Positive For The Coronavirus

wheelchair bound inmate wheels himself through a check point at the California Medical Facility
APU.S.

Advocates Want Older Inmates Released Before Coronavirus Hits Prisons

Polling location at Cook County Jail
AP / Charles Rex ArbogastPolitics

Chicago Becomes First City To Open A Polling Place Inside Local Jail

Inmate at Cook County Jail in Chicago
AP Photo / Charles Rex ArbogastU.S.

How One Of The Country's Largest Jails Is Prepping For The Coronavirus

R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago
APU.S.

R. Kelly Returns To Court To Face Federal Charges In Chicago

Tutwiler Prison for Women in Alabama
AP Photo / Dave MartinU.S.

New Report Shows Woman Inmates Receive Harsher Punishments Than Men

Jussie Smollett
Getty Images / Nuccio DiNuzzoU.S.

Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty To New Charges For The Same Incident

Choose to Change students in Chicago
Madeline Carl / NewsyU.S.

Chicago Program Proven To Cut Youth Arrests Years After Program Ends

NYPD vehicle
Getty ImagesU.S.

NY's Bail Reform Law Could Face Rollbacks Weeks After Taking Effect

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby
Getty ImagesU.S.

The Prosecutor's Role In Doing And Undoing Mass Incarceration

United States Supreme Court Building
Getty Images / Zach GibsonPolitics

Mississippi DA In Curtis Flowers Case Recuses Himself After 6 Trials

A "For Rent" sign in Chicago
Scott Olson/Getty ImagesU.S.

Chicagoans With Criminal Records Get New Housing Protections In 2020

Navajo Nation Citizens
Navajo Nation Washington OfficePolitics

Execution May Set Dangerous Precedent Of Overruling Native Nations

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear
Getty Images / John Sommers IIPolitics

Kentucky Gov.'s Voting Rights Order Could Exclude Up To 170,000 Felons

Attorney General William Barr
Getty ImagesPolitics

Barr Slammed For Linking Police Protection With Respect For Officers

Death Chamber at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
Getty Images / Mike SimonsU.S.

AG Barr Is Prepared To Fight To Bring Back The Federal Death Penalty

Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer
CNNU.S.

Bureau Of Prisons Director Answers To Congress For Epstein's Death

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump
Joe Raedle / Getty ImagesU.S.

Ben Crump Is Still Fighting 'Stand Your Ground' 7 Years After Trayvon

President Donald Trump at IACP rally in Chicago
Scott Olson / Getty ImagesPolitics

Trump Blasts CPD's Top Official And Sanctuary Cities In Chicago Speech

President Trump speaks
Bill Pugliano / Getty ImagesPolitics

Trump Doubles Down On 'What Do You Have To Lose' Pitch To Black Voters