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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 Root.com, 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.

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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