Rachel L. Swarns

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Rachel L. Swarns is a journalist and author who writes about race and race relations for the New York Times, where she has been a correspondent since 1995. She has written about domestic policy and national politics, reporting on immigration, the presidential campaigns of 2004 and 2008 and First Lady Michelle Obama. She has also been a foreign correspondent for the Times, reporting from Russia, Cuba and Southern Africa, where she served as the Johannesburg bureau chief. She has also worked for the Miami Herald, where she covered the L.A. riots and the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, and at the St. Petersburg Times.

Her next book will be about Georgetown University’s roots in slavery and will be published by Random House in 2020.

She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.

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