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Sam Fulwood, III

Sam Fulwood, III, a 1994 Nieman fellow, writes about national politics, race relations and pop culture for The Root.

He was a metro columnist and feature writer at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio.  Prior to that, he spent a decade at the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times, where he created a national race relations beat; he also contributed to that paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Los Angeles riots in 1992. He as served as business editor and state political editor for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, as assistant city editor, business reporter, editorial writer and Johannesburg bureau correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, and as a police, business and sports reporter at the Charlotte Observer.

He is the author of Waking from the Dream: My Life in the Black Middle Class (Anchor Books, 1996) and Full of It: Strong Words and Fresh Thinking for Cleveland (Gray & Company, 2004).

Fulwood was one of the inaugural Presidential Fellows at Case Western Reserve University (2003-present), an Institute of Politics Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2000) and is currently a member of the Nieman Foundation board of advisors.  He has taught and lectured at numerous colleges and universities across the United States and abroad. He has been listed in Who’s Who Among Black Americans since 1992.  He earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978.

Fulwood lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Cynthia Bell. His daughter Amanda will graduate soon from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.



Are race relations changing in America? Why not have reporters find out?
COMMENTARY | January 28, 2009
Race has always defined America, writes Sam Fulwood, III. Maybe now that we have a black president our news organizations can also have an honest, open race-reporting beat?

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