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Expertise: Media, race and ethnicity

Sam Fulwood is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where he analyzes the influence of national politics and domestic policies on communities of color across the United States.

Prior to joining the Center, Sam was a metro columnist at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, the last stop in a nearly three-decade journalism career that featured posts at several metropolitan newspapers. During the 1990s, he was a national correspondent in the Washington bureau of Los Angeles Times, where he created a national race-relations beat and contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Los Angeles riots in 1992.

He has also worked as business editor and state political editor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, as assistant city editor, business reporter, editorial writer, and Johannesburg, South Africa bureau correspondent for The Baltimore Sun, and as a police, business, and sports reporter at The Charlotte Observer.

Fulwood is the author of two books, Waking from the Dream: My Life in the Black Middle Class (Anchor, 1996) and Full of It: Strong Words and Fresh Thinking for Cleveland (Gray & Company, 2004).

In addition to his news and commentary writings in mass-circulated publications and anthologies, Sam frequently speaks on college campuses and television and radio programs to discuss national politics, race relations, and pop culture. He is a founding contributing writer for The, an online publication targeted to the African-American online community.

He was a 1994 Nieman Foundation fellow and is currently a member of the foundation’s board of advisors. During the spring of 2000, he was an Institute of Politics fellow at Harvard University. Sam was an inaugural presidential fellow at Case Western Reserve University in 2003, where he taught courses on media, politics, and pop culture.

Sam earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978.

By Sam Fulwood III
Controversy Surrounding Filmmaker Nate Parker Highlights Need to Dismantle Rape Culture at Societal LevelCenter for American ProgressOctober 21, 2016
Say It Ain’t So, Ruth Bader GinsburgCenter for American ProgressOctober 14, 2016
The United States Can’t Wait for More Professors of ColorCenter for American ProgressOctober 7, 2016
Football Fever and Patriotic FervorCenter for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2016
Stepping Away from RacismCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2016
Police Gone WildCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2016
Voting Rights Victories Are Pyrrhic but Worth CelebratingCenter for American ProgressAugust 4, 2016
Broadening Our Policy Awareness to Include Urban Native AmericansCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2016
A Voting Rights StoryCenter for American ProgressJuly 22, 2016
When Words Fail UsCenter for American ProgressJuly 14, 2016
Americans Must Understand that a Bullet Has All of Our Names on ItCenter for American ProgressJuly 1, 2016
Continuing Inequalities Blur the American DreamCenter for American ProgressJune 23, 2016
In the Media, Homogenized Gatekeepers Beget a Uniform MessageCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2016
The Greatest of All TimeCenter for American ProgressJune 10, 2016
In Response to the Unknown and FacelessCenter for American ProgressMay 26, 2016
Buchanan’s Fantasy Past Isn’t Prologue to America’s FutureCenter for American ProgressMay 13, 2016
At Long Last, A Wrong Righted for Disenfranchised VirginiansCenter for American ProgressApril 28, 2016
The Problem with the National Response to Police RacismCenter for American ProgressApril 21, 2016
Add Cultural Critic to List of Superhero PowersCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2016
When Home DisappearsCenter for American ProgressApril 7, 2016
Poisonous Rhetoric, Then and NowCenter for American ProgressApril 1, 2016
The Contemporary Reality of the Ku Klux KlanCenter for American ProgressMarch 16, 2016
Confronting the Racial Pay GapCenter for American ProgressMarch 9, 2016
Demographic Change Isn’t Political DestinyCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2016
The Racially Insensitive Legacy of Justice Antonin ScaliaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2016
Reclaiming History in ‘The Birth of a Nation’Center for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2016
Why #OscarsSoWhite MattersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2016
Saving the Best for LastCenter for American ProgressJanuary 14, 2016
When a ‘Race Problem’ Becomes a Social ChallengeCenter for American ProgressNovember 25, 2015
The Inequality Racism Begets Affects Us AllCenter for American ProgressNovember 12, 2015
America’s Latest Drug Epidemic is a Horse of a Different ColorCenter for American ProgressNovember 4, 2015
The Myth of Police ReluctanceCenter for American ProgressOctober 28, 2015
The Long, Reenergized Fight to Improve Policing in BaltimoreCenter for American ProgressOctober 21, 2015
Putin Should Not Throw StonesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 30, 2015
What Good Is an Apology 32 Years Delayed?Center for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2015
Returning Home to an Odd Mixture of Progress and RetreatCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2015
The Legacy of KatrinaCenter for American ProgressAugust 28, 2015
The Enduring Legacy of Julian BondCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2015
Atticus Finch and Bill Cosby—Fallen Heroes?Center for American ProgressJuly 15, 2015
Examining White PrivilegeCenter for American ProgressJuly 8, 2015
Confronting White PrivilegeCenter for American ProgressJuly 1, 2015
Taking Down a Symbol of HateCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2015
The Curious Case of Rachel DolezalCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2015
In Trendsetting California, Grassroots Organizing Brings Progressive ChangeCenter for American ProgressJune 11, 2015
Exploring Our Unconscious BiasesCenter for American ProgressJune 3, 2015
Choosing Our Words CarefullyCenter for American ProgressMay 20, 2015
Baltimore Underscores a Need to Rethink How We Address Poverty in the United StatesCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2015
The Roots of Baltimore’s UnrestCenter for American ProgressApril 30, 2015
An Ivy League Game of the DozensCenter for American ProgressApril 22, 2015
Old School Love Recognizes the University of North Carolina’s Painful PastCenter for American ProgressApril 1, 2015
Starbucks’ Scribblings Can’t Induce Public to ‘Race Together’Center for American ProgressMarch 25, 2015
Remembering an Unheralded Champion of American DemocracyCenter for American ProgressMarch 18, 2015
Why Does Racism Surprise Us?Center for American ProgressMarch 12, 2015
Diversity Is Coming to a Town Near YouCenter for American ProgressFebruary 25, 2015
When it Comes to Teaching History, There Are Lessons for All to LearnCenter for American ProgressFebruary 18, 2015
When Words Are Used as WeaponsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2015
Driving Targeted Policies to Address the Wealth GapCenter for American ProgressFebruary 5, 2015
When White Folks Catch a Cold, Black Folks Get PneumoniaCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2015
Pop-Up Leadership and a New Generation of ProtestingCenter for American ProgressJanuary 21, 2015
Stuart Scott, a Television Pioneer, RememberedCenter for American ProgressJanuary 8, 2015
America’s Dearth of Open-MindednessCenter for American ProgressDecember 3, 2014
Why Young, Minority, and Low-Income Citizens Don’t VoteCenter for American ProgressNovember 6, 2014
U.S. Ebola Hysteria Is the Wrong Response to the EpidemicCenter for American ProgressOctober 23, 2014
Numbers Put the Lie to Our National NarrativeCenter for American ProgressOctober 2, 2014
How to (Not) Get Away with Being Out of TouchCenter for American ProgressSeptember 25, 2014
Why Immigration Reform Is Good for AllCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2014
Will The Troubles in Ferguson Point Toward a New Way Forward?Center for American ProgressAugust 21, 2014
Correcting the Media’s Skewed PerspectiveCenter for American ProgressAugust 13, 2014
Racism Is Impossible to Prove, But History Provides InsightCenter for American ProgressJuly 16, 2014
Millennial Voters Aren’t Conservatives in WaitingCenter for American ProgressJuly 9, 2014
The Surprises of a Changing NationCenter for American ProgressJuly 2, 2014
Why Do We Have Gridlocked Government?Center for American ProgressJune 25, 2014
The Possibilities of a Changed LifeCenter for American ProgressJune 11, 2014
Moving Forward with ‘My Brother’s Keeper’Center for American ProgressJune 3, 2014
Good News: America Graduates Record Level of High School StudentsCenter for American ProgressMay 20, 2014
Rethinking Affirmative ActionCenter for American ProgressMay 14, 2014
The Conundrum of White-Male PrivilegeCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2014
Calling Foul Against Racism in the NBACenter for American ProgressApril 29, 2014
Challenges Remain in the Battle for Equal RightsCenter for American ProgressApril 15, 2014
Of Bats, Gloves, and an All-In NationCenter for American ProgressApril 1, 2014
When BBQ Meets DiversityCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2014
In Pursuit of Equitable ChangeCenter for American ProgressMarch 11, 2014
A Presidential Effort to Help Black and Latino YouthCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2014
The Meaning of Race in a 21st Century AmericaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 25, 2014
What Will Be the Political Discourse Post-Obama?Center for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2014
Coming Together on Behalf of Unemployed AmericansCenter for American ProgressJanuary 7, 2014
Remembering Nelson MandelaCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2013
Is White Supremacy Making a Comeback?Center for American ProgressNovember 19, 2013
Hoop Dreams Versus Hoop RealityCenter for American ProgressNovember 12, 2013
The President and the PressCenter for American ProgressNovember 5, 2013
Parsing Myth from Reality in U.S. Gun CultureCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2013
Hard-Right Americans Fear the FutureCenter for American ProgressOctober 8, 2013
Marissa Alexander Stands Her GroundCenter for American ProgressOctober 1, 2013
Why Economic Disadvantage Becomes Educational DisadvantageCenter for American ProgressSeptember 24, 2013
How to Fix College SportsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2013
Looking Back at the Leadership of Ben JealousCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2013
An American Dreamer’s Sad AwakeningCenter for American ProgressAugust 13, 2013
It’s Time to Go ‘All In’Center for American ProgressJuly 30, 2013
Remembering the Many Voices at the March on WashingtonCenter for American ProgressJuly 23, 2013
Let’s Celebrate Triumph, Not TragedyCenter for American ProgressJuly 16, 2013