About the NAM EthnoBlog

New America Media's blog, the NAM EthnoBlog, analyzes the mainstream and ethnic media, and provides innovative, interracial, intergenerational commentary on the intersections between ethnicity and the media. As a gateway to the ethno-blogosphere, the NAMEB also scans other blogs to enrich, diversify, and expand NAM's news lens.

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The EthnoBlog's contributors are a wide-ranging gaggle of reporters, creative writers, and commentators who write from within NAM's offices and beyond. Their posts offer a peek behind the doors of America's most diverse newsroom and a digital glimpse into the New America.

Want to blog for us? Send a query (a little about your general blogging scope) and a pitch (a focused summary of a particular topic you'd like to blog about) to Blogmistress Laura Goode at lgoode AT newamericamedia DOT org.

The NAMEB Regulars

Marcelo Ballvé writes on immigration, national affairs and Latin America. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Baltimore Sun, among others. He also contributes regularly to the New York Daily News on arts and culture. He is a former AP reporter and editor in their Brazil and Caribbean bureaus.

From time to time, Inga Buchbinder will contribute thought-provoking blogs on society, gender, race and entertainment--as well as how they all collide-- to the NAMEB. When she isn't writing stimulating pieces on the blog she is working in the NAM Communications Hub as well as reporting. Inga has a B.A. in English from Stony Brook University.

Rupa Dev works primarily on NAM's education beat and youth communications. She edits young peoples' writing and helps them tell their stories through YO! Youth Outlook and The Beat Within program, and also co-monitors NAM's social media presence. For the NAMEB, she frequently writes on education, technology, youth culture, and new media. She received her B.A in English from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Erik Fowle is a 2009 graduate of Colgate University. He has a B.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing. As an aspiring writer (of what, exactly, has yet to be discovered) and intern at NAM, Erik contributes to the EthnoBlog on issues including, but not limited to, socioeconomic issues facing education. Having been an enrolled student of some sort for the past 16 years, Erik believes there are many facets of our education system that are begging for change.

Laura Goode, NAM EthnoBlog co-founder and Blogmistress, is a frequent NAMEB contributor on the intersections of race and gender with the arts, entertainment, leisure, and literature. She has a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia University, and her first novel, Sister Mischief, is forthcoming from Candlewick Press in 2010. In addition to blogging for NAM, she teaches and edits writing from the juvenile justice system with The Beat Within.

Edwin Okong'o is a writer and editor at New America Media. Okong'o was born and raised in the evergreen Gusii highlands of southwestern Kenya, a region seldom seen on the Discovery Channel. (The first and only time he saw a lion was at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas). After chasing an evasive Bachelor's degree for 10 years - eight of them at a community college - Okong'o managed to use his wit, charm and OK looks to obtain a Master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley. He will be commentating about his continuous observation of America's three tribes: "Right-wing extremists," "bleeding-heart liberals" and "illegal aliens."

Eming Piansay is the editor of the YO! Blogs on YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, she is also the creator of the YO!Blogger website on YouTube. She is a videographer and reporter at YO! Her work has appeared on SFGate.com and AsianWeek. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Journalism at San Francisco State University in Spring of 2009.

Sandip Roy is an editor and host of NAM's radio show New America Now on KALW 91.7 FM. An immigrant from India, he monitors South Asian media and also writes for publications like India Currents, India Abroad, The Times of India etc. He is a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition.