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Politics & Policy Staff Writer for the Atlantic

Category: Diversity Speakers, Top Black Keynote Speakers, Journalists, Political Commentators

Speaker’s Fee Range: $5,000 - $10,000
Travels From: Washington, D.C.

About Vann R. Newkirk II

Vann R. Newkirk II Biography

Vann R. Newkirk II, an esteemed journalist for The Atlantic, brings a wealth of insight into politics, the environment, race, and healthcare policy. A graduate of Morehouse College and holding a Master of Science in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill, Newkirk's academic background deeply informs his nuanced reporting. His career, initially rooted in health policy analysis, shifted towards journalism with a passion for addressing systemic issues highlighted by events such as the Ferguson unrest. At The Atlantic since 2016, Newkirk has delved into critical social debates, producing significant works like the special issue on Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and the acclaimed longform podcasts "Floodlines" and "Holy Week."


Newkirk's multifaceted career extends beyond traditional journalism. He is the founder and contributing editor of Seven Scribes, a platform championing writers and artists of color, showcasing his commitment to diverse voices. His expertise is sought after in various media outlets, including The Daily Show and NPR, and he's recognized as a compelling speaker on race and identity, engaging audiences at numerous prestigious universities across the United States.


Residing in Hyattsville, Maryland, with his family, Newkirk’s blend of analytical prowess, deep understanding of public health, and dedication to social justice issues positions him as an influential speaker. His ability to translate complex topics into engaging narratives makes him an invaluable asset for discussions aiming to bridge gaps in understanding and foster meaningful dialogue. Whether exploring the intersections of policy and race or illuminating the stories of underrepresented communities, Newkirk's work embodies a powerful catalyst for change and reflection.

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