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Black Americans’ Experiences With News


Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. This is the latest report in Pew Research Center’s ongoing investigation of the state of news, information and journalism in the digital age, a research program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the Center’s news and information research team, race and ethnicity research team, methods, communications, design, digital and editorial teams. Find related reports online at

Primary Researchers

Jeffrey Gottfried, Associate Director, Internet and Technology Research           
Katerina Eva Matsa, Director, News and Information Research
Michael Lipka, Associate Director, News and Information Research
Khadijah Edwards, Research Associate
Mark Jurkowitz, Senior Writer
Naomi Forman-Katz, Research Analyst
Emily Tomasik, Research Assistant                     

Research Team

Elisa Shearer, Senior Researcher
Jacob Liedke, Research Analyst
Sarah Naseer, Research Assistant
Christopher St. Aubin, Research Assistant
Elizabeth Collins, Former Intern
Alexis Moulton, Former Intern

Editorial and Graphic Design

David Kent, Senior Copy Editor
Kaitlyn Radde, Associate Information Graphics Designer
Peter Bell, Associate Director, Digital Production
Andrea Caumont, Associate Director, Digital Outreach

Communications and Web Publishing

Sogand Afkari, Communications Manager
Andrew Grant, Communications Associate
Rachel Weisel, Associate Director, Communications
Sara Atske, Digital Producer                  
Chris Baronavski, Senior Web Developer

In addition, the project benefited greatly from the guidance of the Pew Research Center methodology team: Courtney Kennedy, Andrew Mercer, Ashley Amaya, Dorene Asare-Marfo, Dana Popky, Anna Brown and Arnold Lau. 


Pew Research Center is extremely grateful to a group of advisers who helped inform the development of the research study and provided guidance throughout each phase of the project. These include several Pew Research Center staff as well as other experts in related fields who shared their time and expertise with the Center. Pew Research Center remains solely responsible for all aspects of the research, including any errors associated with its products and findings.

The advisers who assisted on this project include:

  • Monica Anderson, Director, Internet and Technology Research, Pew Research Center
  • Dr. Kiana Cox, Senior Researcher, Race and Ethnicity Research, Pew Research Center
  • Rod Hicks, Director of Ethics and Diversity, Society of Professional Journalists
  • Caryn G. Mathes, President and General Manager, Puget Sound Public Radio/KUOW
  • Dr. Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher, Religion Research, Pew Research Center
  • Dr. Nicholas A. Pearce, Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Rochelle Riley, Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit
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