Gene Demby 2013
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Gene Demby 2013
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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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The hulking, shuttered Eastern State Penitentiary, a short walking distance from Philadelphia's downtown, was in many ways the first modern American prison. Almost from its opening in the early 19th century, there were people calling for it, and prisons like it, to be shut down because they felt they were inhumane. Shinya Suzuki/Flickr hide caption

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Nate Parker attends the The Birth Of A Nation premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images hide caption

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Nate Parker's Past, His Present, And The Future of 'Birth Of A Nation': Episode 14

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Puerto Rico's Monica Puig reacts after winning her women's singles final tennis match against Germany's Angelique Kerber at the Olympic Tennis Centre of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Last month, Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's chief prosecutor, announced she was dropping the remaining charges against the three Baltimore police officers who were still awaiting trial in Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore. The Gray case set off a wave of protests and unrest in Baltimore. Steve Ruark/AP hide caption

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It's been a heady season for race reporting, with several much-scrutinized cases of police violence and Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, espousing anti-immigrant rhetoric. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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Reporting While Brown In The Summer Of Trump: Episode 11

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In a recent interview, Hillary Clinton said she would "call for white people, like myself, to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American families" — unusually direct language about white people from a major political figure. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Study Explores Links Between Politics And Racial Bias

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Dallas Attack Special Coverage: 'The City Is Devastated'

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Dallas Shooting Adds To Pessimism On Social Media

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O.J. Simpson sits with his attorneys Johnnie Cochran Jr. (right) and Robert Blasier (left) during a court hearing in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Pool/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On The Code Switch Podcast: 'I'm Not Black, I'm O.J.!'

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American boxer and world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali throws a long right to British challenger Henry Cooper's injured left eye in the sixth round of their world heavyweight championship fight. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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On Muhammad Ali's Complicated Contradictions, And How He Changed Boxing

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