Graphic by Maya Pottiger, featuring health data reporter Anissa Durham, finance reporter Bria Overs, and health reporter Alexa Imani Spencer. Credit: Associated Press by Copyright

Not many people are fortunate enough to be with a company at its humble beginnings and watch it grow.

But I have been.

I started as Word In Black’s education data reporter on March 17, 2021. It was my 26th birthday. I was the first — and only — staff member. The commitment was just 20 hours per week. We didn’t even have a website.

Now, nearly three years later, my role is full-time and I am part of a team of 10 covering topics from health to finance to climate justice. We have profiles on every social media account you can think of. We publish newsletters six days a week. We’ve sourced op-eds from people like Rev. Al SharptonEleanor Holmes Norton, and Donna Brazile.

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