15 Facts About Farai Chideya


Farai Chideya is an American novelist, multimedia journalist, and radio host.


Farai Chideya produced and hosted Pop and Politics with Farai Chideya, a series of radio specials on politics for 15 years.


Farai Chideya is the creator and host of the podcast Our Body Politic, which launched in September 2020.


Additionally, since 2012 Chideya has held the position of distinguished writer in residence at the Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, where she teaches courses in radio production and media economics.


Farai Chideya's mother is from Baltimore, and her father is from Zimbabwe.


Farai Chideya holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Harvard College.


Farai Chideya was a member of the improv comedy troupe The Immediate Gratification Players.


Farai Chideya is the founder and president of one of the earliest pop culture blogs in the US, PopandPolitics.


Farai Chideya began working as a senior writer for the website FiveThirtyEight in 2015, covering issues including the 2016 presidential election.


Farai Chideya is part of The Finish Party writing group, and is the author of three non-fiction books about race and politics: Don't Believe the Hype, The Color of Our Future and Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters.


Farai Chideya got her start in journalism working for Newsweek magazine, MTV News, the Oxygen network and the non-profit community news website, The Beehive.


Farai Chideya has subsequently written pieces for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, the Chicago Tribune Syndicate, The American Prospect, the San Francisco Chronicle, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vibe, Spin and Glamour.


From 2014 to 2015, Chideya produced and hosted One with Farai, a podcast for Public Radio International, in which she interviewed distinguished individuals with a range of stories and opinions, including Melissa Harris-Perry, Urvashi Vaid, and Alec Ross.


Farai Chideya is the recipient of a Foreign Press Center fellowship that took her to Japan in 2002, a Knight Foundation fellowship based at Stanford University in 2001 and a Freedom Forum Media Studies Center fellowship in 1996.


Farai Chideya served as a judge for the 2023 American Mosaic Journalism Prize.