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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
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

Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five
Getty ImagesU.S.

Central Park Five Member On Why Youth Are Prone To False Confessions

Sign for Rikers Island jail complex
Getty Images / Spencer PlattU.S.

NYC Council Votes To Close Infamous Rikers Island Jail By 2026

Returning Citizen Eric Harris of Iowa City, Iowa
Andrew Shafer / NewsyPolitics

For Former Felons, A State Line Between Voting and Disenfranchisement

"Dowton Abbey" feature film
Focus Features / "Downton Abbey"Entertainment

'Downton Abbey' Beats Brad Pitt And Sly Stallone At Crowded Box Office

Jennifer Lopez & Constance Wu in "Hustlers"
STX Entertainment / "Hustlers"Entertainment

'Hustlers' Posts Record-Breaking Debut To Go Along With Its Oscar Buzz

Gerard Butler in "Angel Has Fallen"
Lionsgate / "Angel Has Fallen"Entertainment

'Angel Has Fallen' Beats Box Office Expectations With $21M Debut

Stars of "Good Boys"
Universal Pictures / "Good Boys"Entertainment

'Good Boys' Takes No. 1 At The Box Office And Makes Some Movie History

The Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City
Getty Images / David Dee DelgadoU.S.

Epstein Is Just One Of Many Problems Facing The Bureau Of Prisons

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in "Hobbs & Shaw"
Universal Pictures / "Hobbs & Shaw"Entertainment

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Shows This Franchise Still Has Box Office Muscle

Police officers at a graduation ceremony
Getty Images / Drew AngererPolitics

A Growing Number Of Police Departments Are Outsourcing Their Policies

Leonardo DiCaprio in "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood"
Sony Pictures / "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood"Entertainment

'Once Upon A Time' Gives Tarantino The Best Debut Of His Career

Tom Holland in "Spider-Man: Far From Home"
Sony Pictures / "Spider-Man: Far From Home"Entertainment

'Far From Home' Becomes Third Highest-Grossing Spidey Flick Ever

Tom Holland & Zendaya in "Spider-Man: Far From Home"
Sony Pictures / "Spider-Man: Far From Home"Entertainment

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Ropes In Record $185M Over Holiday Weekend

Woody and Buzz Lightyear in "Toy Story 4"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Toy Story 4"Entertainment

'Toy Story 4' Heads To Half A Billion Box Office Dollars

R. Kelly walking into Chicago's Leighton Criminal Court building
Getty Images / Nuccio DiNuzzoU.S.

Jim DeRogatis Says You Can't Separate Art From Artist With R. Kelly

Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in "Men In Black: International"
Sony Pictures / "Men in Black International"Entertainment

'MIB: International' Opens With The Worst U.S. Debut Of The Franchise

Sophie Turner in "Dark Phoenix"
20th Century Fox / "Dark Phoenix"Entertainment

'Dark Phoenix' Caps Off X-Men With The Worst Debut Of The Franchise

Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry in "John Wick 3"
Lionsgate / "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum"Entertainment

'John Wick 3' Exceeds Box Office Expectations And Topples 'Endgame'

Jerome Davis holds the keys to his car that was impounded by the city of Chicago
Newsy / Andrew SchaferU.S.

Innocent Owners Fight To Get Their Seized Property Back

Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu in "Pokemon Detective Pikachu"
Warner Bros. / "Pokémon Detective Pikachu"Entertainment

'Detective Pikachu' Thunder Shocks The Box Office With $58M Debut

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in "Avengers: Endgame"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Avengers: Endgame"Entertainment

"Avengers: Engame" Is The Second Highest-Grossing Film Of All Time

Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Desmond Meade
Florida Rights Restoration CoalitionPolitics

Florida Ex-Felons Fight Bill That Restrict Their Right To Vote

"The Curse of La Llorona" movie
Warner Bros. / "The Curse of La Llorona"Entertainment

'Curse Of La Llorona' Beats Box-Office Expectations With $26M Debut

Marsai Martin in "Little"
Universal Pictures / "Little"Entertainment

Hollywood's Youngest Exec Makes Her Box Office Debut With "Little"

bloodstain-pattern analysis
Dan Winters / New York TimesU.S.

Bloodstain-Pattern Analysis Is 'More Subjective Than Scientific'

Joe Bryan, focus of the New York Times story "Blood Will Tell"
Dan Winters / New York TimesU.S.

'Blood Will Tell' Exposes Flaws In Common Forensic Science Practice

Zachary Levi in "Shazam!"
Warner Bros. / "Shazam!"Entertainment

"Shazam!" The DCEU Has Three Successful Hero Flicks In Two Years