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Vann R. Newkirk II        

Politics & Policy Staff Writer for the Atlantic

Vann R. Newkirk II is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He covers politics and policy, focusing on civil rights, environmental justice, and health policy. In 2018, Newkirk was named a recipient of the American Society of Magazine Editors' ASME Next award, recognizing outstanding achievement by magazine journalists under 30.

Newkirk began his career as a policy analyst for the Kaiser Family Foundation, specializing in health policy issues.

He was inspired to begin freelancing after the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, and has been a staff writer for The Atlantic magazine since 2016. In 2018, Newkirk helped produce a special commemorative issue of the magazine on Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy over the 50 years since King's assassination in 1968.

Newkirk has also worked as a data-centered policy analyst with a focus on researching health policy issues, most specifically those dealing with disadvantaged and under-resourced communities. He now uses his analytic skills and background in statistics in nonfiction work and in multimedia projects, especially those dealing with health and health policy.

Newkirk has appeared as a guest on various media outlets, including The Daily Show and shows on NPR, and has been a host or keynote speaker at a number of conferences on race and identity at universities throughout the United States.

He graduated from Morehouse College in 2010 and UNC-Chapel Hill with a Masters of Science in Public Health in Health Policy in 2012.


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