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

Reporter, 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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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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'I'm Not A Racist, I'm Argentine!'

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How To Talk Race With Your Family: Ask Code Switch

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'We're Not Them' — Condemning Charlottesville And Condoning White Resentment

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People gather in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles during rioting following the acquittal of four police officers in the beating of Rodney King in 1992. The neighborhood looks similar today as it did 25 years ago. It's still more than 80 percent Latino, with lots of immigrant families from Mexico and Central America. Gary Leonard/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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As Los Angeles Burned, The Border Patrol Swooped In

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Puerto Rican Migrants Search For Identity In Massachusetts

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Puerto Rico Celebrates 100 Years Of U.S. Citizenship

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4 Black Directors Nominated For Best Documentary Oscar

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