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Expertise: Media, race and ethnicity

Sam Fulwood III is a columnist at ThinkProgress, where he writes about race, specifically the influence of national politics and domestic policies on communities of color across the United States. Prior to joining ThinkProgress, Fulwood was a senior fellow at American Progress and director and founder of its Leadership Institute, a program to assist with the advancement of people of color in public policy.

In an earlier profession, Fulwood 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, D.C., bureau of the Los Angeles Times, where he created a national race relations beat and contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

He has also worked as a business editor and state political editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; as an 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 writing in mass-circulated publications and anthologies, Fulwood frequently speaks on college campuses, as well as television and radio programs to discuss national politics, race relations, and pop culture. He is a founding contributing writer for, an online publication targeted at the African American online community.

Fulwood was a 1994 Nieman Foundation fellow and served as a member of the foundation’s board of advisers. During the spring of 2000, he was an Institute of Politics fellow at Harvard University. Fulwood was an inaugural presidential fellow at Case Western Reserve University in 2003, where he taught courses on media, politics, and pop culture. He has also taught media, writing, and political science courses at Oberlin College, Johns Hopkins University, and American University.

Fulwood earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978.

By Sam Fulwood III
Vision Is the Secret Sauce for the Democratic NominationCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 22, 2015
The Ridiculous Premise of Romney 2016: Champion of the PoorCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 15, 2015
Romney’s Failing Etch-a-SketchCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 18, 2012
Sadly, Republicans Relish Racial DivideCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 28, 2012
Brightening Economy Is Bad for GOP Presidential HopefulsCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 14, 2012
Demographics Could Reshape PoliticsCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 24, 2012
Facts Just Don’t Matter to Some PeopleCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 10, 2012
Black Against Black in the Next Presidential ContestCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 18, 2011
Trump Counts on the CraziesCenter for American Progress ActionApril 26, 2011
When It’s Racist, Say SoCenter for American Progress ActionJune 1, 2010
A Dream Deferred?Center for American Progress ActionJanuary 15, 2010