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Jonathan Franklin

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Jonathan Franklin is a reporter on the Newsdesk covering both race & identity and breaking news.

For the last few years, he has been reporting and covering a broad spectrum of local and national news across the nation's capital.

Franklin has been at the forefront of reporting on some of the most significant national stories to break during his time at NPR, including the Tops Supermarket mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., the Waukesha, Wis., Christmas parade attack, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

His reporting can be seen and heard across NPR's digital, social and audio platforms — such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition and NPR News Now.

He is also a frequent contributor to ESPN's The Right Time with Bomani Jones podcast.

Prior to NPR, Franklin served as a digital multimedia journalist for WUSA, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., where he covered the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Black community, D.C.'s racial protests and demonstrations following the murder of George Floyd, the 2020 presidential election and the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.

You can quickly scan for Franklin's byline and find hundreds of breaking news and feature stories filled with engaging ledes, videos and live reporting along with well-calibrated anecdotes that center the individuals and communities in service of the journalism he's pursuing.

He began his journalism career as a news fellow and freelance journalist for WDCW in Washington.

Originally from Columbia, S.C., Franklin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown University with a master's in journalism (with an emphasis in broadcast and digital journalism) and Cum Laude from Wofford College with undergraduate degrees in English/digital media and African/African-American studies.

Franklin is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., both the National and Washington Associations of Black Journalists, Online News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Story Archive

Saturday

A portrait of Tyre Nichols is displayed at a memorial service for him on Jan. 17 in Memphis, Tenn. Nichols died three days after Memphis police officers beat him during a traffic stop on Jan. 7. Adrian Sainz/AP hide caption

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Thursday

This combo of booking images provided by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office shows, from top row from left, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, bottom row from left, Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith. The five former Memphis police officers have been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes in the arrest and death of Tyre Nichols. Shelby County Sheriff's Office via AP hide caption

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Tuesday

A portrait of Tyre Nichols is displayed at a memorial service for him on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Memphis, Tenn. Nichols was killed during a traffic stop with Memphis Police on Jan. 7. Adrian Sainz/AP hide caption

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Monday

Eleven people were killed and nine more were injured at a dance studio near a Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday night. Here, a woman is seen praying for victims outside Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, Calif., on Monday. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Thursday

A San Francisco art gallery owner who was seen on video spraying water on a homeless woman with a hose has been arrested, according to authorities. Here, San Francisco police cars sit parked in front of the Hall of Justice on February 27, 2014 in San Francisco, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

A Mega Millions customer purchases her tickets for the estimated jackpot of $1.1 Billion at the Fuel On Convenience Store in Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Twenty-four consecutive drawings later with no grand prize winner named, the Mega Millions jackpot is now over $1 billion, making it one of the largest jackpots in lottery history. The next drawing is Friday. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been discharged from the hospital following his return home to Buffalo, N.Y., after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 2. Here, Hamlin is shown with his helmet off before playing the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL game on Sept. 8, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. John McCoy/AP hide caption

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Monday

A video board at Levi's Stadium shows a message for Damar Hamlin during an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Jed Jacobsohn/AP hide caption

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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from the hospital and has returned to Buffalo, doctors say. Here, Hamlin is shown prior to the start of the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Joshua Bessex/AP hide caption

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Saturday

A Chase Bank branch is seen in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 13, 2022. The Wall Street Journal is asking for answers from the Phoenix Police Department after a Black Journal reporter was handcuffed and detained outside a Chase Bank in November. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

Louisiana's new law, which went into effect Jan. 1, will protect minors from viewing pornography. However, experts argue that the law could come with serious privacy risks. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

Attendees applaud after New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul announced actions to combat hate crimes at her office in New York City in November 2022. Hochul has formed a new unit to combat hate and bias across the state that will focus on education, early detection and mobilizing support in areas where a bias-related incidents have occurred. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

Counter-protesters carrying Black Lives Matter flags walk past a group of Trump supporters at the Michigan State Capitol building in November 2020 in Lansing, Mich. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

A missing persons flyer, bearing the name of Annie Le, shown here in New Haven, Conn., in September 2009. This year, the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) launched a new tool that allows users to openly share their "press value" with the world if they were to go missing. Thomas Cain/Associated Press hide caption

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Racial bias affects media coverage of missing people. A new tool illustrates how

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