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National Journal Names Latina Woman To Head Diversity Project

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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National Journal has hired Juleyka Lantigua-Williams to be managing editor of The Next America, an “editorial venture” that explores “the political, economic and social impacts of profound demographic and cultural changes facing the United States today.”

As Editorial Director Ronald Brownstein explains it, “Since its beginning, the talented staff of writers and editors at The Next America have established the program as a premier destination for those seeking greater understanding of how growing diversity is changing all aspects of American life, from politics to culture and the economy to education. With Juleyka, we believe we have found a singular leader with the energy, enthusiasm, vision and deep immersion in the subject to build on that strong foundation—and to provide our audience an unparalleled guide to the profound demographic changes that are forging a new America.”

Her background… “Before joining The Next America, Mrs. Lantigua-Williams worked as a writer and editor for 15 years. She has been a nationally-syndicated columnist with The Progressive magazine’s Media Project for fourteen years. Her opinion columns — covering a broad range of issues from women’s rights abroad, the environment, immigration, maternal health, national and international politics, and Latinos in the U.S. — have appeared in dozens of national, regional and online publications including The Houston Chronicle, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Hartford Courant and The Los Angeles Times. She holds an M.S. in Journalism from Boston University and graduated from the Radcliffe Publishing Course at Harvard University.”

In 2013, she wrote a special story for JET Magazine about the “mainstream media” ignoring missing, black children. Her piece reports that missing white children are profiled way more often than black children. What’s more, the story says, black officers often label missing, black children as “runaways” as opposed to missing.

Lantigua-Williams noted that the “glaring media lapse” affects everyone.

She starts June 1.