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Shereen Marisol Meraji

Host/Correspondent, Code Switch

Shereen Marisol Meraji tries to find the humor and humanity in reporting on race for the NPR Code Switch team.

Her stories center on the real people affected by the issues, not just experts and academics studying them. Those stories include a look at why a historically black college in West Virginia is 90 percent white, to a profile of the most powerful and most difficult-to-target consumer group in America: Latinas.

Prior to her time with Code Switch, Meraji worked for the national business and economics radio program Marketplace, from American Public Media. There, she covered stories about the growing wealth gap and poverty in the United States.

Meraji's first job in college involved radio journalism and she hasn't been able to shake her passion for story telling since. The best career advice Meraji ever received was from veteran radio journalist Alex Chadwick, who said, "When you see a herd of reporters chasing the same story, run in the opposite direction." She's invested in multiple pairs of running shoes and is wearing them out reporting for Code Switch.

A graduate of San Francisco State with a BA in Raza Studies, Meraji is a native Californian with family roots in Puerto Rico and Iran.

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American Anthem: The Staying Power Of 'La Bamba'

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The East L.A. band Las Cafeteras is known for a version of "La Bamba" that mixes traditional Mexican son jarocho with hip-hop. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Through Slavery, Segregation And More, 'La Bamba' Has Been The Sound Of Survival

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Firearms are exhibited at the annual NRA convention in Dallas this past May. RJ Young's book Let It Bang examines the NRA's relationship with race through his personal, unexpected interest in guns. Loren Elliott/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The 'Young Black Man' Who Reluctantly Became An NRA-Certified Instructor

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Code Switch: Transracial Adoptees On Their Racial Identity And Sense Of Self

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Lakeith Stanfield stars as Cassius Green in Sorry to Bother You, rapper Boots Riley's debut film. Peter Prato /Annapurna Pictures hide caption

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Sorry to Bother You

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'Sorry To Bother You' Brings Magical Realism To The World Of Telemarketing

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What Happens When Groups Of People Are Described As Animals

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Chuey Quintanar tattooing a portrait of his client's first born daughter. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

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Black And Gray ... And Brown: A Tattoo Style's Chicano Roots

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The Roots Of 'Black And Gray Realism' Tattoos

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'Se Que Soy': Amara La Negra Embraces Her Afro-Latinidad

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What Does It Mean To Be A 'Nation Of Immigrants'?

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2 Sisters In Los Angeles Are DREAMers But Only 1 Is Covered By DACA

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More Than Half Of Latinos Surveyed Say Applying To College Wasn't Discussed With Them

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Who Put The 'Hispanic' In Hispanic Heritage Month?

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