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Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry

Host of The Takeaway

Melissa Harris-Perry was named Host and Managing Editor of The Takeaway, the nationally-syndicated public radio news program, in October 2021. Harris-Perry served as interim host since July 2021.

For two decades, Harris-Perry has been a force in journalism and academia, exploring the intersection of race, gender, politics, and power. She hosted the award-winning eponymous show on MSNBC from 2012-2016. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, among many other print and digital venues. She served as editor-at-large for Elle.com and for ZORA, a Medium publication for women of color. She was among the earliest writers at TheRoot.com and authored highly regarded columns for Essence and The Nation.

Currently, Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair in the Department of Politics and International Affairs, the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Program in Environment and Sustainability at Wake Forest University. She is also the founder and president of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, whose mission is to create programming, content and research that drives scholarship and action. Previously, she served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University.