The Washington Informer

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The Washington Informer
Founder(s)Calvin W. Rolark
PublisherDenise Rolark Barnes
EditorD. Kevin McNeir
Managing editorD. Kevin McNeir
Sports editorJohn DeFreitas
Photo editorShevry Lassiter
Staff writersBarrington Salmon, Dorothy Rowley, Sam Collins
FoundedOctober 16, 1964; 56 years ago (October 16, 1964)
HeadquartersWashington, DC
OCLC number60630464
WebsiteWashington Informer
The Washington Informer dispenser at Huntington metro station

The Washington Informer is a weekly newspaper published in Washington, D.C. The Informer is female-owned and is targeted at the African-American population of the D.C. metropolitan area.[1] The publisher is Denise Rolark Barnes, whose father, Dr. Calvin W. Rolark (1927–1994),[2][3] founded the paper in 1964.[4]

At the 2011 Second Annual Ethnic Media Awards competition, the Informer received first-place honors for feature writing and local news.[5]

Editorial staff[edit]

  • Publisher Emeritus – Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, Sr. (deceased)
  • Publisher – Denise Rolark Barnes[6]
  • Editor - D. Kevin McNeir
  • Photo Editor - Shevry Lassiter
  • Special Editions Editor - Dr. Shantella Sherman
  • Photographers - Shevry Lassiter, John DeFreitas, Roy Lewis, Anthony Tilghman
  • Sports Editor - John DeFreitas
  • Online Editor - Dorothy Rowley
  • Staff Writers - William Ford, Sarafina Wright, Lauren Poteat, Sam P.K. Collins
  • Graphic Design - Brian Young
  • Social Media Rep. - Stacey Palmer


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Insider's Guide: Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher, Washington Informer". Cultural Tourism DC. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  2. ^ Levy, Claudia (October 25, 1994). "Crusading Publisher Calvin Rolark Dies". Washington Post.
  3. ^ "In Memoriam: Dr. Calvin W. Rolark Sr". Washington Informer. May 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Oczypok, Kate (March 28, 2019). "Washington Informer publisher Denise Rolark Barnes strives to carry on her father's mission". The DC Line. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Washington Informer wins three first-place Ethnic Media Awards honors". Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  6. ^ "Black Capitol Awards to Honor Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes ( : News, video and live radio ..." Retrieved 2012-01-14.