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Jesse Washington ’92

Last year, Jesse Washington ’92 took a bold stand. As entertainment editor for the Associated Press, he decreed that, as an experiment, there would be no coverage of Paris Hilton for an entire week. (The AP had been averaging about two stories a week about the celebrity heiress.)

Washington, a former managing editor of Vibe and founding editor of the hiphop magazine Blaze, will presumably have less need to worry about Ms. Hilton in his new job. On July 18, the AP announced that Washington will be its new national race and ethnicity writer. In the AP memo announcing his appointment, Washington describes himself as “a kid from the projects who went to Yale and married a doctor. I’m a person who fits in everywhere and nowhere.” And, like the man whose candidacy for president has put race at center stage this year, Washington is the son of an interracial marriage.

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