Shereen Marisol Meraji

Shereen Marisol Meraji tries to find the humor and humanity in reporting on race for the NPR Code Switch team.

Her stories center on the real people affected by the issues, not just experts and academics studying them. Those stories include a look at why a historically black college in West Virginia is 90 percent white, to a profile of the most powerful and most difficult-to-target consumer group in America: Latinas.

Prior to her time with Code Switch, Meraji worked for the national business and economics radio program Marketplace, from American Public Media. There, she covered stories about the growing wealth gap and poverty in the United States.

Meraji's first job in college involved radio journalism and she hasn't been able to shake her passion for story telling since. The best career advice Meraji ever received was from veteran radio journalist Alex Chadwick, who said, "When you see a herd of reporters chasing the same story, run in the opposite direction." She's invested in multiple pairs of running shoes and is wearing them out reporting for Code Switch.

A graduate of San Francisco State with a BA in Raza Studies, Meraji is a native Californian with family roots in Puerto Rico and Iran.

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6:03am

Sat June 29, 2013
Code Switch

What [BLANK] Folks Don't Understand About Rachel Jeantel

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 1:36 pm

Witness Rachel Jeantel continues her testimony to defense attorney Don West during the trial of George Zimmerman on Thursday.
Jacob Langston AP

Rachel Jeantel. Her hourslong testimony spanned two days of the George Zimmerman trial, and I bet you'll be talking about it with your friends over the weekend. She's the 19-year-old key witness for the prosecution who had a cellphone conversation with Trayvon Martin moments before he was killed.

And she most definitely touched a nerve.

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4:33pm

Fri June 7, 2013
Code Switch

Black Americans Give Entertainment Options Failing Grades

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 7:29 pm

A poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health found that African-Americans are unhappy with their local entertainment venues.
Corbis

All this week on Code Switch and on air we've been digging into the findings of a survey of African-American views of their communities, finances and social lives. We conducted the poll with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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10:53am

Wed May 8, 2013
Code Switch

USC Students Allege Racial Profiling By LAPD

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 10:43 am

Mark Jones, a USC freshman, protests on Monday.
Shereen Marisol Meraji NPR

The Los Angeles Police Department is under scrutiny again. This time it's for sending almost 80 officers to break up a college house party. Most of the partygoers were African-American students from the University of Southern California.

USC senior Nate Howard organized the party that was shut down by the police. At a protest on campus Monday he condemned the response.

"Seventy-plus officers?" he said. "What else was going on at that time in the community that you needed to be at a party of students getting ready to graduate?"

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3:26am

Wed April 17, 2013
Code Switch

Seeking Oakland's Soul In The 'New Oakland'

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 7:17 pm

A DJ plays for a crowded street at Oakland's Art Murmur celebration in February.
David Kashevaroff

Oakland, Calif., was once a hub of African-American culture on the West Coast.

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