I'm a freelance, multimedia journalist with a background producing and reporting for digital media, radio and television. My area of concentration is race and justice and their impact on immigration, politics and the environment. I also provide general news and features from throughout the African Diaspora, particularly as a Caribbean correspondent. I love exploring the nuanced, looking at historical and evolutionary causes for why our society operates as it does. But I especially enjoy being a catalyst for people of color to share their own experiences and perspectives in a media climate that often overlooks the value of lived experience.
WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO:
The mass layoffs in digital newsrooms early in 2019 afforded me a much-needed opportunity to take time off and freelance, with my work appearing in The Daily Beast, Grist and Business Insider. Most importantly, when not reporting/producing, I've been focused on recovering from severe vertigo developed while traveling back from my last international reporting assignment. Working in audio has given me an appreciation for how our ears control our balance, but a months-long loss of equilibrium reinforced that gratitude.
WAIT, IS IT KENYA EVELYN OR KENYA DOWNS?
Both (for now)! A period of recovery included getting hitched! In May, I said 'I do' and will now officially become Kenya Evelyn, pronounced the British way (EVE-lyn). I'm slowly transitioning to my new name so you can expect to see Evelyn and Downs interchangeably for now. A new site handle and email are to come, as well.