Alex Kellogg

Alex Kellogg is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk who covers diversity-related issues and how these act as social, political and economic forces shaping our country. One focus for Kellogg in this newly created position is on the convergence of ethnicity, race, politics, media and government.

Kellogg came to NPR in late 2010 from The Wall Street Journal. Based in Detroit, he covered Michigan and the auto industry for The Journal. He was part of a team of reporters who won a 2010 New York Press Club award for "Detroit in Decline," a 2009 series focusing on the collapse of the U.S. auto industry into the government's arms. His 2010 work as a general assignment reporter on the decline of the city of Detroit was praised by the Columbia Journalism Review and in 2011 he earned first place feature writing awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Kellogg began his career in journalism during a study abroad in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1998, where he landed an internship and later a job as a producer at Reuters. This experience allowed him to travel extensively in East Africa and the Horn as a working journalist long before he finished college.

As a staff reporter or freelance writer Kellogg's work has appeared in print publications such as The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune,The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Detroit Free Press, The Washington Post, and The Crisis and websites such as,,, the Drudge Report, The Huffington Post, the National Review Online and Yahoo News.

A graduate of Harvard College, Kellogg covered stories across both the United States and Africa before finally receiving his bachelor's degree in 2004. He is the founder of The Deshaun Hill and Harvard Stephens Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to two African-American undergraduates at Harvard each year.

In addition to his passion for reporting and writing, Kellogg is an avid music collector and a basketball junky. In 2007, a travel essay he wrote was published by the Sierra Club in "A Leaky Tent is a Piece of Paradise," an anthology of young writers.


Fri October 14, 2011
Around the Nation

The Changing Face Of Seeing Race

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 11:37 pm

In 1968, a year after the release of the film Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, a Gallup Poll revealed that just 20 percent of Americans thought it was OK for a white person to marry a black person. According to a recent 2011 Gallup Poll, 96 percent of African-Americans and 84 percent of whites accept the idea.

Anonymous AP

Let's go back to 1967.

That was the year interracial marriage made headlines. Just take the Hollywood classic Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. The film was a new kind of love story for Hollywood. The movie was about a black man who wanted to marry a white woman — a huge taboo at the time.

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Mon September 19, 2011
Around the Nation

Cherokee Nation Faces Scrutiny For Expelling Blacks

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 11:37 am

Black Freedmen, who are descended from the slaves of Cherokee Indians, protest their expulsion on Sept. 2 outside a regional Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Muskogee, Okla. Marilyn Vann, in pink, is the president of the Descendants of Freedmen Association.
Alex Kellogg NPR

Every September, the Cherokee Nation celebrates its national holiday. The holiday marks the signing of its first constitution after the Trail of Tears in 1839. The main event, a big parade, features traditional Cherokee music, colorful floats and people singing and dancing in traditional garb.

The holiday draws tens of thousands of people to Tahlequah, Okla., the heart of the Cherokee Nation. But this year it was marked by controversy and protests.

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Tue August 23, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

Racial Gap In Homeownership Widens In U.S. Slump

Clyde Jackson (right) poses for a photo with his son, Clyde Jr., outside their new two-bedroom apartment in Greenbelt, Md. Jackson lost his three-bedroom home to foreclosure in December.
Alex Kellogg NPR

When Clyde Jackson's wife took a $6 hourly pay cut several years ago, it was the beginning of his rapid descent from two-time homeowner to renter in an apartment complex in the working-class Washington, D.C., suburb of Greenbelt, Md.

Jackson, 51, is an African-American father of three who works for a local government sanitation agency. In December, he lost a three-bedroom brick home to foreclosure. He purchased the house for $245,000 in 2004.

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Fri July 22, 2011
Around the Nation

States, Cities Reject Federal Deportation Program

Illegal immigrants from Guatemala are body searched before boarding a deportation flight on June 24, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Each month the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency sends thousands of undocumented immigrants back to Guatemala. Many have been caught by in the Secure Communities data-sharing program.
John Moore Getty Images

Three states and two major cities say they have pulled out of a federal program aimed at deporting criminals who are in the U.S. illegally. And now Boston's mayor has threatened to join them.

Secure Communities was created to help federal authorities deport illegal immigrants who are hardened criminals. But some state and local officials say it goes too far.

To understand the controversy, you have to understand how this program works.

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Tue May 24, 2011
Around the Nation

Blacks Calling South Home Again

Eliska Barriere, 67, with her husband, Welmon Barriere Sr., 71. The pair left New Orleans for Milwaukee in 1962 and then roughly 30 years later moved to suburban Atlanta.
Alex Kellogg NPR

Roughly 6 million blacks migrated north during the 20th century, fleeing racial hatred in the South and seeking good jobs in places like Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee. Now, many blacks are returning to the South — and especially to Georgia.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are nearly 3 million non-Hispanic black Americans living in Georgia, meaning Georgia now has the largest population of non-Hispanic blacks for this first time since the 1950s.

The Barriere family personifies this gradual return of many black Americans to the South.

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Fri May 6, 2011
Around the Nation

Little By Little, Huntsville, Ala., Returns To Normal

Search crews in Alabama continue to pick through huge piles of rubble after last week's tornadoes destroyed entire neighborhoods. In Huntsville, it's taken businesses some time to get up and running again.


Tue May 3, 2011
Around the Nation

For 'Bama Students, A Somber, Sudden End Of Classes

Usually, Jerilyn Griffin would be studying for finals at this time of year. Instead she was using a large dolly to pack her things and head home on Monday afternoon.

That was true of many University of Alabama students — if they hadn't already left, they were on their way home, often with their parents help.

One of last week's devastating tornadoes slammed into Tuscaloosa, but largely spared the University of Alabama. Even though the campus itself avoided a direct hit, the storm brought the school year to an abrupt end, and emotional scars remain.

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