The Washington Informer

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The Washington Informer
TypeWeekly newspaper
Founder(s)Calvin W. Rolark
PublisherDenise Rolark Barnes
EditorMicha Green
Photo editorShevry Lassiter
Staff writersAustin R. Cooper, Jr., Brenda Siler, James Wright, Jr.,Kayla Benjamin, Sam P.K. Collins, Stacy Brown,Lindiwe Vilakazi,Richard Elliott
FoundedOctober 16, 1964; 59 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].[2] The publisher is Denise Rolark Barnes, whose father, Calvin W. Rolark (1927–1994),[3][4] founded the paper in 1964.[5]

At the 2011 Second Annual Ethnic Media Awards competition, the Informer received first-place honors for feature writing and local news.[6]


Contributors to the publication include notable writers, political activists and editors such as:


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  1. ^ Danky, James Philip; Hady, Maureen E. (1998). African-American newspapers and periodicals : a national bibliography. Mark Graham. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press. p. 602. ISBN 978-0-674-00788-8.
  2. ^ "Insider's Guide: Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher, Washington Informer". Cultural Tourism DC. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  3. ^ Levy, Claudia (October 25, 1994). "Crusading Publisher Calvin Rolark Dies". Washington Post.
  4. ^ "In Memoriam: Dr. Calvin W. Rolark Sr". Washington Informer. May 17, 2017.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "The Washington Informer wins three first-place Ethnic Media Awards honors". Retrieved 2012-01-14.