The Root announces new hires across editorial and video


The Root, a G/O Media brand and one of the largest sites covering Black news, politics, culture and opinion, announced six new hires: Video Lead Adriano Contreras, Senior Writer Angela Johnson, and Staff Writers Stephanie Holland, Noah A. McGee, Murjani Rawls and Kalyn Womack. 

“The Root’s mission of providing unflinching news commentary and analysis with its own unique point of view is more critical than ever,” said The Root Editor in Chief Vanessa De Luca. “Our growing team will help build upon this mission in 2022 with a series of content initiatives, including a revamp of The Glow Up Style Awards, The Root 100, The Root Institute, Small Business Spotlight and Protect Black Women, a series meant to ensure that Black women are given the support they deserve.”

This year will be a transformative one for the brand, says De Luca, who recently shared her vision for The Root’s future. The Root will serve not only as a daily destination for news and cultural coverage centered on issues core to the Black community — voting rights, police brutality and social justice, among them — but it will also offer opportunities for its audience to present and participate in solutions. 

New staff additions include:

Senior Writer Angela Johnson covers trending lifestyle topics specific to the African-American community. Her work has appeared in The Daily Beast, Parenting and SheKnows, among many others. She is based in New York.

Staff Writer Stephanie Holland covers entertainment for The Root. She has previously written for Tell-Tale TV, CBR, Screen Rant and The Press-Enterprise. She is based in Southern California. 

Staff Writer Noah A. McGee covers race matters, police brutality, criminal justice and legal cases. He also covers the music industry and spotlights Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurship. Before joining The Root, McGee was a content editor at the Chicago Tribune. He is based in Chicago.

Staff Writer Murjani Rawls covers current events and political affairs. He has previously written for Substream magazine, Collider and Fanmire. He is based in New York. 

Staff Writer Kalyn Womack covers social and criminal justice. She previously worked at POPSUGAR and Honeysuckle Magazine. She is based in New York.

Video Lead Adriano Contreras Adriano Contreras is a producer, broadcaster and journalist based in New York. He was previously a producer at Democracy Now!

About The Root:

At 14 years old, The Root is the leading African American news source in America, reaching more than 10 million visitors per month with an editorial featuring biting commentary, opinion, breaking news and culture content. Co-founded in 2008 by preeminent scholar Henry Louis Gates, The Root seeks to uplift conversations that often go unheard outside of our communities.

About G/O Media:

G/O Media reaches more than a third of all Americans online each month with over 100 million unique visitors, including its extended network. This collection of digital-first brands serves a young, diverse audience with content that reflects their shared values and passions, including category-leading sites focused on tech and science (Gizmodo); pop culture and entertainment (The A.V. Club); sports news (Deadspin); car culture (Jalopnik); modern women’s interests (Jezebel); gaming (Kotaku); lifestyle (Lifehacker); food and drink (The Takeout); African American news and culture (The Root); humor and satire news (The Onion); and e-commerce (The Inventory).


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