Heben Nigatu

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Heben Nigatu
Heben Nigatu XOXO 2016 (cropped).jpg
Nigatu at XOXO in 2016
Born Ethiopia
Alma mater Columbia University
  • Writer
  • podcaster
  • comedian
Known for

Another Round

Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Awards Forbes 30 Under 30, The Root 100

Heben Nigatu is a writer and the co-host of Buzzfeed podcast Another Round. Previously she wrote for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Early life[edit]

Nigatu was born in Ethiopia. She grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Columbia University before dropping out to join Buzzfeed.[1]


Nigatu began working at Buzzfeed first on a three-month fellowship while still a student, then joined the full-time staff.[2]

Another Round[edit]

In March 2015, Nigatu and co-host Tracy Clayton launched Buzzfeed podcast Another Round. The Onion A.V. Club described Nigatu and Clayton as "funny and insightful hosts, bringing their infectious personalities to conversations that range from squirrels to self-care to microaggressions in the workplace."[3] The Guardian called them "the smartest, funniest women in the room and everyone wants to sit at their table";[4] likewise writing for The Guardian, critic Sasha Frere-Jones described Clayton and Nigatu "leading American cultural critics."[5] In its first year, Another Round was rated by iTunes,[6] Slate,[7] Vulture,[8] and The Atlantic[9] as a "Best of 2015" podcast.

In late 2017, Nigatu and Clayton announced that Buzzfeed had decided to stop producing Another Round, but the two hosts were granted ownership of the show and plan to continue it outside Buzzfeed, after a hiatus.[10]

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert[edit]

In April 2016, after three and a half years working for Buzzfeed, Nigatu announced she was moving to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, but would continue hosting Another Round.[11] She continued at The Late Show until January 2017.[12]


In the wake of the 2016 police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, Nigatu created the hashtag #CarefreeBlackKids2k16.[13] Blavity described the photos and videos accompanying the hashtag "the bright light we needed after this troubling week."[14]


In 2016, Nigatu was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list[15] and The Root 100.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Nigatu lives in Brooklyn.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Murphy, Henry (2016-12-05). "Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton of Another Round – Creative New York". Creative New York. Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  2. ^ Young, Yolanda (2016-09-05). "Another Round with Heben Nigatu who shakes things up". Rolling Out. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  3. ^ Laura M. Browning, Dan Caffrey, Ben Cannon, Randall Colburn, Dan Fitchette, B.G. Henne, Anna Hrachovec, Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, and Dan Telfer (2015-06-15). "Another Round and Internet Explorer confirm the power of BuzzFeed's podcasts". A.V.Club. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  4. ^ Locker, Melissa (2015-12-13). "Listen To This: Another Round podcast changes the world one drink at a time". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  5. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha (2016-06-25). "'We love you Beyoncé': what Queen Bey means to her fans now". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Apple's iTunes Best of 2015 list for podcasts includes a ton of LA-based favorites". Time Out Los Angeles. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  7. ^ Onion, Rebecca (2015-12-14). "The 10 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  8. ^ "The 10 Best Podcasts and 10 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015". Vulture. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  9. ^ McQuade, Laura Jane Standley, Devon Taylor, and Eric. "The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  10. ^ Quah, Nicholas (January 2, 2018). "Apple Podcast Analytics is finally live (and with it, the ability to see how many people are skipping ads)". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2018-01-07. 
  11. ^ Phillips, Kadisha (2016-04-28). "Heben Nigatu announces move to 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' -". Blavity. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  12. ^ "Heben Nigatu on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  13. ^ Finley, Taryn (13 December 2016). "18 Times Black People Broke The Internet In 2016". Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  14. ^ Mangum, Trey (8 July 2016). "#CarefreeBlackKids2k16 is the bright light we needed after this troubling week -". Blavity. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Inverso, Emily. "Heben Nigatu, 24 - In Photos: 2016 30 Under 30: Media". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  16. ^ "The Root 100 2016 – 23 Heben Nigatu". The Root. 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  17. ^ Gorce, Tammy La (2017-03-31). "How Podcasters Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton Spend Their Sunday". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 

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