Janell Ross

New America Fellow

Janell Ross was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow. She is writing a book about the racial wealth gap and the truths about its real origins laid bare by the Great Recession. The book will be published by Beacon Press. Janell is a political reporter for The Washington Post. Previously, she has covered a range of social issues including race, politics, and immigration for The National Journal, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, The Tennessean, The News & Observer, and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. She is a graduate of Vassar College and earned a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

All Work

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Slaying of NYPD Officer Marks Increase in Line-of-Duty Deaths of Police

Janell Ross reported on the 2017 uptick in line-of-duty deaths of police officers after the death of NYPD officer Miosotis Familia


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Cosby’s Sex Assault Trial Has Ended with a Mistrial. These People Believe It’s All a Conspiracy.

Reporting for the Washington Post, Jannell Ross looks at conspiracy theories surrounding Bill Cosby's sexual-assault trial.


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Children of Nonresident Immigrants to Get Access to Aid for D.C. College Tuition

Jannell Ross reports on children of nonresident immigrants gaining access to the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant program.


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Donald Trump’s botched meeting with black pastors, and the limits of old-school racial appeals

A group of black pastors say the meeting was never going to end in some kind of mass endorsement of Donald Trump.


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Is the 2016 election truly unprecedented? Sort of.

New America Fellow Janell Ross interviews the experts, including New America Fellow Julian E. Zelizer, to find out just how unique the 2016


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White Americans long for the 1950s, when they didn’t face so much discrimination

In a new poll released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) on Tuesday, a whopping 43 percent of Americans told researchers that


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‘That’s racist!?’ Why our addiction to outrage sells the debate over racism short

There are moments where the right words are hard, really hard to find.For those fond of texting and all things online, this is where the emo


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Why Ben Carson’s claim that he stabbed someone is so key to his appeal to white America

The race for the White House is really a long, very expensive and highly consequential ad campaign. What else are candidates doing than tryi


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Houston decided it had a problem: Its LGBT nondiscrimination law

As most political watchers are aware by now, Houston voters went to the polls Tuesday and defeated something now known as the "bathroom bill


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A record number of Americans are renouncing their citizenship. What’s going on here?

It's been said before. In fact, if you run in the right circles, you might have heard someone say it during one of the two presidential prim


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‘Jeb can fix it': The Bush campaign’s new slogan spawns a thousand jokes

This is yet another entry that, were it to arrive via work e-mail, would have to be accompanied by the subject line "Forwarded without comme


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Are you better off than you were before Obama? Across the board, the answer is yes.

In the age of Barack Obama, much has been made of the social, political and symbolic meaning of the election and tenure of the nation's firs