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NPR Interns
Summer 2002
Washington, DC


James Ellis
A recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor's degree in Afro-American Studies, James has been on the new media scene working as a multimedia web designer and producer since 1997. James was born in Okinawa, Japan, but is a native of Maryland (USA). As a summer intern in NPR's Online department, James also served as the Online Producer/Editor for the '02 Intern Edition project. Always eager to build upon his knowledge of digital multimedia editing, and production skills, James has previously worked as an intern at Teen People, through the Time, Inc. Editorial Diversity Internship Program, Washington Post Newsweek Interactive (, in addition to being actively involved in the National Association of Black Journalists. This fall, James will attend a one-year graduate program at the University of Westminster in England where he will pursue a master's degree in Hypermedia Studies.

James wrote a 10,000 thesis paper, entitled "There's Strength in Words, Spoken and Written: A Fresh Look at African-American Poetry's Revitalized Onslaught of the East Coast" as a part of the graduation requirements for his undergraduate degree. The thesis explored the significance of young Afro-American poets of the East Cost, and the newfound public allure of culturally specific Afro-American poetry as a commercial commodity. A self-proclaimed ambassador of the concept of never judging a book by its cover, James takes his quest to continuously work hard at becoming a better person very seriously. He believes that more people should cease to succumb to society's fascinations with the stagnation of the status quo. That point is further reiterated through James' poetic endeavors, and his persona as a whole. While computer technology is at the heart of James' professional interests, he loves listening to music. Virtually anything from gospel, blues, jazz, techno, or rap and beyond can be heard coming from the headphones that James often sports. During down time you can often find James performing his poetry, working out in the gym, tutoring young children, and further developing himself through a Christian existence.