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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
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

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

Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Warner Bros. / "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"Entertainment

Foreign Box Office Powers 'Fantastic Beasts 2' To A $253M Global Debut

Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama
Getty Images / Scott OlsonPolitics

Michelle Obama Signs Books And Packs United Center For 'Becoming' Tour

Benedict Cumberbatch as "The Grinch"
Universal Pictures / "The Grinch"Entertainment

You're A Green One, Mr. Grinch — Cumberbatch's Grinch Has $66M Debut

Protester in front of U.S. Capitol
Getty ImagesU.S.

Major Criminal Justice Measures Pass During The 2018 Midterms

David Hogg at March for Our Lives
Getty Images / Mark WilsonPolitics

David Hogg Says Gun Violence Will Bring Young People To The Polls

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhpsody"
20th Century Fox / "Bohemian Rhapsody"Entertainment

"Bohemian Rhapsody" Rocks The Domestic and Overseas Box Office

Jose Antonio Vargas in front of the Supreme Court
Getty Images / Alex WongPolitics

Jose Antonio Vargas On How The Word 'Illegal' Harms Immigration Debate

Former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu
Getty Images / Chip SomodevillaPolitics

Mitch Landrieu Has A Message For Voters: 'Show The Hell Up'

Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in "First Man"
Universal Pictures / "First Man"Entertainment

Ryan Gosling's "First Man" Struggles During Busy Box Office Weekend

Tamir Rice

Officer Who Shot Tamir Rice Is Hired By Another Ohio Police Department

Tom Hardy as "Venom"
Sony Pictures / "Venom"Entertainment

"Venom" Defies Bad Reviews And Breaks October Box Office Record Anyway

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.
Getty Images / Scott OlsonU.S.

Officer Jason Van Dyke Found Guilty Of Murder In 2014 Shooting

Picture of Laquan McDonald's Autopsy and Jason Van Dyke
Getty Images / Antonio PerezU.S.

How Laquan McDonald's Past Made Its Way Into The Van Dyke Murder Trial

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in "Night School"
Universal Pictures / "Night School"Entertainment

Hart and Haddish Combine For The Best Box Office Comedy Debut Of 2018

Jack Black in "The House with a Clock in Its Walls"
Universal Pictures / "The House with a Clock in Its Walls"Entertainment

"The House With A Clock In Its Walls" Easily Snags Top Box Office Spot

Jason Van Dyken on trial for killing Laquan McDonald
Getty Images / Scott OlsonU.S.

Jason Van Dyke Faces Murder In A City That Rarely Convicts Its Police