Nia-Malika Henderson

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Nia-Malika Henderson
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Henderson in 2012
Born (1974-07-07) July 7, 1974 (age 45)
EducationB.A. Duke University
M.A. Yale University
M.A. Columbia University

Nia-Malika Henderson (born July 7, 1974), is a senior political reporter for CNN.[2] She reported broadly on the 2016 campaign for CNN's digital and television platforms, with a special focus on identity politics—exploring the dynamics of demographics, race, and religion, and reporting on the groups of people who help shape national elections.

Early life and education[edit]

Henderson graduated from Lower Richland High School in Hopkins, South Carolina in 1992. She went on to graduate cum laude from Duke University with a bachelor's degree in literature and cultural anthropology; and earned master's degrees from Yale University in American studies and Columbia University in journalism.[3]


She began her career writing for The Baltimore Sun and then for Newsday's national staff[4] where she was its lead reporter covering Obama's 2008 campaign, the Democratic primary race and the Democratic National Convention. She also covered the first two years of the Obama administration for Politico.

Washington Post[edit]

From 2010 to 2015, she served as a reporter at The Washington Post.[5] As national political reporter for the Post, she covered the White House, the 2012 presidential campaign, the 2010 mid-term elections and anchored the Post's Election 2012 blog.


In 2015 she joined CNN as senior political reporter and anchor.


  1. ^ Who's CNN reporter Nia Malika Henderson? Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  2. ^ "Election 2016: 'Inside Politics': Would Trump actually quit the race? -". Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  3. ^ National Association of Black Journalists: "ABJ Congratulates Member Nia-Malika Henderson on New Role as a Senior Political Reporter for CNN" by April Turner April 7, 2015
  4. ^ "Nia-Malika Henderson: The Root 100 2016". Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  5. ^ "Nia-Malika Henderson - The Washington Post". Retrieved 2016-11-27.