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Jamal Andress

Culture Reporter

Jamal Andress is a culture reporter focused on all the issues that impact black and brown communities. Jamal's storytelling has taken him all the way to Accra, Ghana, to cover international education, and back again to Chicago's Southwest Side to report on the shooting of Laquan McDonald and the subsequent trial of Jason Van Dyke. He got his bachelor's degree (and broadcast reporting chops) from the University of Missouri, where he worked at Columbia, Missouri's NBC station, KOMU. In one of his most memorable interviews, Jamal went to Charlottesville, Virginia, and spoke with Susan Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer was killed during a white supremacist rally just a year earlier.

  Recent Work
Gerard Butler in "Angel Has Fallen"
Lionsgate / "Angel Has Fallen"Entertainment

'Angel Has Fallen' Beats Box Office Expectations With $21M Debut

Stars of "Good Boys"
Universal Pictures / "Good Boys"Entertainment

'Good Boys' Takes No. 1 At The Box Office And Makes Some Movie History

The Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City
Getty Images / David Dee DelgadoU.S.

Epstein Is Just One Of Many Problems Facing The Bureau Of Prisons

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in "Hobbs & Shaw"
Universal Pictures / "Hobbs & Shaw"Entertainment

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Shows This Franchise Still Has Box Office Muscle

Police officers at a graduation ceremony
Getty Images / Drew AngererPolitics

A Growing Number Of Police Departments Are Outsourcing Their Policies

Leonardo DiCaprio in "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood"
Sony Pictures / "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood"Entertainment

'Once Upon A Time' Gives Tarantino The Best Debut Of His Career

Tom Holland in "Spider-Man: Far From Home"
Sony Pictures / "Spider-Man: Far From Home"Entertainment

'Far From Home' Becomes Third Highest-Grossing Spidey Flick Ever

Tom Holland & Zendaya in "Spider-Man: Far From Home"
Sony Pictures / "Spider-Man: Far From Home"Entertainment

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Ropes In Record $185M Over Holiday Weekend

Woody and Buzz Lightyear in "Toy Story 4"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Toy Story 4"Entertainment

'Toy Story 4' Heads To Half A Billion Box Office Dollars

R. Kelly walking into Chicago's Leighton Criminal Court building
Getty Images / Nuccio DiNuzzoU.S.

Jim DeRogatis Says You Can't Separate Art From Artist With R. Kelly

Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in "Men In Black: International"
Sony Pictures / "Men in Black International"Entertainment

'MIB: International' Opens With The Worst U.S. Debut Of The Franchise

Sophie Turner in "Dark Phoenix"
20th Century Fox / "Dark Phoenix"Entertainment

'Dark Phoenix' Caps Off X-Men With The Worst Debut Of The Franchise

Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry in "John Wick 3"
Lionsgate / "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum"Entertainment

'John Wick 3' Exceeds Box Office Expectations And Topples 'Endgame'

Jerome Davis holds the keys to his car that was impounded by the city of Chicago
Newsy / Andrew SchaferU.S.

Innocent Owners Fight To Get Their Seized Property Back

Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu in "Pokemon Detective Pikachu"
Warner Bros. / "Pokémon Detective Pikachu"Entertainment

'Detective Pikachu' Thunder Shocks The Box Office With $58M Debut

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in "Avengers: Endgame"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Avengers: Endgame"Entertainment

"Avengers: Engame" Is The Second Highest-Grossing Film Of All Time

Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Desmond Meade
Florida Rights Restoration CoalitionPolitics

Florida Ex-Felons Fight Bill That Restrict Their Right To Vote

"The Curse of La Llorona" movie
Warner Bros. / "The Curse of La Llorona"Entertainment

'Curse Of La Llorona' Beats Box-Office Expectations With $26M Debut

Marsai Martin in "Little"
Universal Pictures / "Little"Entertainment

Hollywood's Youngest Exec Makes Her Box Office Debut With "Little"

bloodstain-pattern analysis
Dan Winters / New York TimesU.S.

Bloodstain-Pattern Analysis Is 'More Subjective Than Scientific'

Joe Bryan, focus of the New York Times story "Blood Will Tell"
Dan Winters / New York TimesU.S.

'Blood Will Tell' Exposes Flaws In Common Forensic Science Practice

Zachary Levi in "Shazam!"
Warner Bros. / "Shazam!"Entertainment

"Shazam!" The DCEU Has Three Successful Hero Flicks In Two Years

Disney's 2019 remake of "Dumbo"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Dumbo"Entertainment

Disney's "Dumbo" Falls Behind Box Office Expectations In Debut Weekend

United States Supreme Court Building
Getty Images / Zach GibsonPolitics

6 Murder Trials: Curtis Flowers' Story Shows The Power Of Prosecutors

Family from Jordan Peele's 'Us'
Universal Pictures / "Us"Entertainment

Jordan Peele's "Us" Breaks Box Office Records During Debut Weekend

Chicago police badge
Getty Images / Scott OlsonU.S.

Officer's Lawsuit Against Chicago Police Defies "Code of Silence"

Brie Larson in "Captain Marvel"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Captain Marvel"Entertainment

"Captain Marvel" Continues To Dominate Worldwide Box Office With $760M

Students at Stanford
Getty Images / Justin SullivanU.S.

When It Comes To College Admissions, It Pays To Be Rich

Brie Larson as "Captain Marvel"
Walt Disney Pictures / "Captain Marvel"Entertainment

"Captain Marvel" Has Best Global Debut For Solo Female-Led Film Ever

Sacramento protesters march for Stephon Clark
Justin Sullivan / Getty ImagesU.S.

Calif. AG Announces No Charges Against Officers Who Shot Stephon Clark