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Dante Chinni    

Journalist & Author of "Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the 'Real' America"

Dante Chinni is a reporter and data analyst who splits his time during the week between the Wall Street Journal and NBC News. He also heads-up the American Communities Project at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, an effort that uses demographic data to break the nation's 3,100 counties into 15 types of communities.

Chinni's work centers on exploring the divides in America by studying how demographic differences affect community economics, culture and politics. That work was the focus of Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the Real America.

Chinni has been a journalist for over two decades now with stints at Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor and the Project for Excellence in Journalism. He has also lived the freelance life with pieces appearing in outlets ranging from the Washington Post Magazine to The Economist to The New Republic.

Dante lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Christina Ianzito, and two children.

Speech Topics


Coming Together, Coming Apart in a Patchwork Nation

How America’s internal fault lines are shifting as the country goes through a period of dramatic cultural, political, and socioeconomic change.

Journalism in the Age of Fragmentation

How can the craft of journalism reinvent itself and survive in an America that is more fragmented and harder to understand than ever?

Finding Success as a Grantee

From coming up with an idea to watching it take flight, how to plot your path through the world of grants and foundations.

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