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Farai Chideya (b. July 26, 1969, in Baltimore, Maryland) (pronounced /fər-ai tcheh-de-jə/) is a novelist, multimedia journalist and radio host. She is currently a radio correspondent for the national morning news show The Takeaway and is the host of a video series called The Value[1] for its website[2]. The Value tells the stories of notable and everyday Americans who have chosen to pursue specific ethical goals outside of making money.

Chideya is also the founder and president of one of the earliest pop culture blogs in the US, [3]. During the 15 years since it's been going, has been a training ground for young arts and cultural journalists. In addition to her radio, video and online journalism, Chideya appears as a political analyst on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC News, Fox News, BET and HBO and sits on the Journalism Advisory Committee for the Knight Foundation.

In May 2009, Atria Books published Chideya's first novel, Kiss the Sky, which details the life of a black female rock musician making a career comeback in New York. The book takes place just months before 9/11 and is rooted in the ethos of the Black Rock movement and the New York club scene. Chideya is also part of The Finish Party writing group,[4] and is the author of three non-fiction books about race and politics: Don't Believe the Hype, The Color of Our Future and Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters.

Prior to 2009, Chideya was the host of the National Public Radio radio program News & Notes. Before that, she hosted "Your Call," a daily radio call-in show on San Francisco, California's KALW public radio. She got her start in journalism working for Newsweek magazine, MTV News, the Oxygen Network and the non-profit community news website, She has subsequently written pieces for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The Chicago Tribune Syndicate, The American Prospect Online, The San Francisco Chronicle, Time Magazine, O Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Spin Magazine and Glamour.

Chideya holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Harvard University. She graduated from Harvard in 1990, Magna Cum Laude, and was distinguished as the most honored alumna from Harvard in 2000. Her academic life includes being a professional in residence at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and a visiting professor at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.

Chideya is the recipient of a Foreign Press Center fellowship that took her to Japan in 2002, a Knight Foundation fellowship based at Stanford University in 2001 and a Freedom Forum Media Studies Center fellowship in 1996.

She has won various awards for her work: a special award from the Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for AIDS reporting in 2008; an Enterprise reporting award from the National Association of Black Journalists for a piece on Skid Row in 2007; a North Star Award for covering communities of color in 2006; a distinguished honoree award from the Black Entertainment and Telecommunications Association in 2004; a MOBE IT Innovator Award and an Alternet New Media Hero award for in 2001; New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens for The Color of Our Future in 2000; a WIN Young Women of Achievement Award in 1996; a GLAAD Award from Spin Magazine in 1995; and a National Education Reporting Award and an EdPress award for education reporting done for "Newsweek" in 1994.

Chideya's mother is from Baltimore, Maryland and her father is from Zimbabwe.[5] Her speeches on civic engagement, electoral politics, digital media, hip-hop, race and politics have taken her around the world--from India to South Africa to Alaska. Syracuse University, the University of Southern California, the California African-American Museum in Los Angeles, M.I.T., the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, the University of Chicago, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, Louisiana State University, De Anza Community College, the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Chicago State University, Harvard University and Smith College are just some of the places she has spoken.


  • Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans[6] (1995)
  • The Color of Our Future[7] (1999)
  • Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters[8] (2004)
  • Kiss the Sky[9] (2009)


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