Nadra Kareem Nittle

Nadra Kareem Nittle is an experienced journalist and essayist who's reported on a wide range of issues, including race, education, fashion, business, health and religion.


Nadra Kareem Nittle is a multifaceted journalist with experience writing for newspapers, magazines and digital media. She's written about structural inequity for the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education with the goal of helping the news media improve its coverage of communities of color. She has reported on education for the Los Angeles News Group, the Chronicle of Social Change, America's Wire, EdSource and The Atlantic. Her political reporting has been featured by New America Media and the Santa Fe Reporter

She's blogged for's Race in America team, and Bitch Magazine's Race Card.

Nadra kicked off her career with the El Paso Times, where she had the opportunity to write about the group of Ft. Bliss soldiers captured during the Iraq War.

Her writing about race has been cited in a number of books, including “Conceptualizing Racism: Breaking the Chains of Racially Accommodative Language,” “Racisms in a Multicultural Canada: Paradoxes, Politics, and Resistance,” "Controversies in Affirmative Action" and “Those Damned Immigrants: America’s Hysteria over Undocumented Immigration.”

The Yale Law Journal, the American Propsect, Buzzfeed, Southern California Public Radio and a number of other publications and news agencies have cited her writing about race as well.

School districts and social advocacy organizations have featured her writing about race in their lesson plans.

Nadra is an experienced public speaker and has served as a panelist at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, Occidental College and California State University - Los Angeles. She's also discussed her work on television and radio programs.

Follow her on Twitter. Email her at nadranittle at gmail dot com.


Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literary Studies, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Master of Arts in Teaching English and Comparative Literary Studies, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Nadra Kareem Nittle

Growing up in a diverse Chicago suburb instilled a passion in me early on for race relations. The experience piqued my interest in social justice and made building bridges between racial groups a personal goal. Attending Occidental College—former school of President Barack Obama and one of the nation’s most diverse liberal arts colleges—gave me the tools to examine social constructs such as race, class and gender from both an academic and personal perspective. As a journalist, I’ve aimed to draw readers’ attention to a variety of issues involving race, including the plights of immigrants, economically disadvantaged schoolchildren and civil rights pioneers.

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