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Gene Demby

Lead Blogger, Code Switch

Gene Demby is the lead blogger for NPR's Code Switch team.

Before coming to NPR, he served as the managing editor for Huffington Post's BlackVoices following its launch. He later covered politics.

Prior to that role he spent six years in various positions at The New York Times. While working for the Times in 2007, he started a blog about race, culture, politics and media called PostBourgie, which won the 2009 Black Weblog Award for Best News/Politics Site.

Demby is an avid runner, mainly because he wants to stay alive long enough to finally see the Sixers and Eagles win championships in their respective sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @GeeDee215.

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A Milwaukee police officer stands before the remains of a bar last summer, after police there faced off with protesters following the police shooting of a black man. For decades, interactions between police and people of color in the Midwestern city have been fraught, and those encounters are the subject of a new lawsuit brought by the ACLU. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lordes Reboyoso yells at a rally outside of City Hall in San Francisco to protest President Donald Trump's aggressive moves to tighten the nation's immigration controls. A new study showed that sanctuary cities like San Francisco are safer and have stronger economies. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Obama's blackness raised the stakes of his success, exposed the constraints of his office, and made the whiteness at the center of American politics permanently visible. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the Baltimore Police Department's commitment to a sweeping overhaul of its practices under a court-enforceable agreement with the federal government. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Chicago police Commander Kevin Duffin, speaking during a news conference in Chicago Thursday, describes the kidnapping and hate crime charges filed against four black people who attacked a white man and livestreamed it on Facebook. Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Getty Images hide caption

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Margaret Cho (above) characterized her email exchange with Tilda Swinton as a "fight." And while it wasn't, it was unpleasant in a way that might be familiar to people who have found themselves in Cho's position. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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Close friends and family take part in the graveside burial service for Ethel Lance, one of the nine people killed by Dylann Roof in June 2015. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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