Rita Omokha

Rita Omokha is an alumna of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated top of her class and was awarded the institution’s highest awards: The Pulitzer Prizes’ Traveling Fellowship, the Lynton Foundation Award in Book Writing, and the Bill Campbell Award. During her time at Columbia, she served as co-president of the African Student Association, which spotlighted the intersection of journalism, press freedom, and the African diaspora. She’s the advisor for the National Association of Black Journalists, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism chapter. Omokha previously worked in broadcast and digital media for CNN, NBC, and Viacom and served in AmeriCorps in 2013. Her writing on race, social and political issues has appeared in Bustle, Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast, Elle, Teen Vogue, USA Today, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, and WIRED. Her latest enterprise projects: Elle’s America Redefined and Vanity Fair’s They Were Sons examine race in America and police violence against communities of color. Omokha was born in Nigeria, raised in the South Bronx, and lives in Manhattan. Her reporting has been featured on CNN and can be found here. Her Instagram handle is @ritaomokha.