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Jamal Andress

Reporter

Jamal Andress is a journalist who, like Newsy, is focused on the future. The Houston native's winters are a little colder now that he's reporting in and around the Windy City. His journalist toolkit includes writing, editing, anchoring, shooting and dogged persistence. Jamal's stories have focused on social justice and police reform. What keeps Jamal in the business is same thing that drew him there in the first place: giving a voice to the voiceless. So if you have a story idea (or a solid jump shot), shoot him an email — and by email, he actually means a tweet.

  Recent Work
Richard Collins III's graduation gown
Twitter / @AugensteinWTOPU.S.

Slain College Student Honored At What Would've Been His Graduation

Flint, Michigan, water plant illuminated by moonlight
Getty ImagesU.S.

'Terrified Of Our Taps,' Residents In Flint Still Live In Crisis

Scene in "Alien: Covenant" movie
20th Century Fox / "Alien: Covenant"Entertainment

'Alien: Covenant' Debuts Below Expectations But Takes Top Spot Anyway

Charlie Hunnam in "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"
Warner Bros / "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"Entertainment

'King Arthur' Is The First (And Maybe Worst) Flop Of The Summer

Chris Pratt in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"
Walt Disney Studios / "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"Entertainment

It's Officially Blockbuster Season: 'Guardians 2' Opens With $145M

15-year-old Jordan Edwards
Courtesy of Lee MerrittU.S.

Should Police Ever Shoot At Moving Cars?

15-year-old, Jordan Edwards, shot and killed by police
Courtesy of Lee MerrittU.S.

Texas Officer Fired After He Shot And Killed An Unarmed 15-Year-Old

Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in Season 5 of House of Cards
Netflix / "House of Cards"Entertainment

Frank Underwood Goes Full Dictator In New 'House of Cards' Trailer

Vin Diesel at Fate of the Furious Premiere
Getty ImagesEntertainment

The 'Fast And Furious' Franchise Makes $1 Billion. Again.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
Getty ImagesU.S.

Sheriff Clarke's Jail Under Investigation After Inmate Dies Of Thirst

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Getty Images / Justin SullivanTech

The Infant Killing On Facebook Live Highlights A Broader Problem

Liberty Place Monument in New Orleans
Library of CongressU.S.

New Orleans Begins Controversial Removal Of Confederate Statues

Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Getty Images / Allison ShelleyPolitics

Women and Liberals On The Supreme Court Are Interrupted Most Often

Cast of "Fate of the Furious" on set
Universal Pictures / "The Fate of the Furious"Entertainment

'Fate Of The Furious' Is Having The Best Worldwide Debut Of All Time

Chicago's Urban Prep graduation
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

Study: Having Just One Black Teacher Notably Helps Black Kids Graduate

Russell Westbrook breaking triple-double record
Getty ImagesSports

Russell Westbrook Breaks Triple-Double Record In Historic NBA Season

Papa Smurf and SmurfWillow in "Smurfs: The Lost Village"
Sony Pictures / "Smurfs: The Lost Village"Entertainment

Nostalgia Wasn't Enough To Get The New 'Smurfs' Film A Decent Debut

Donald Trump waves from a limo
Getty Images / Matthew BuschPolitics

As News Consumption Hits Record Highs, Political Polarization Endures

Joel Berry in 2017 NCAA Basketball Championship Game
Getty Images / Ronald MartinezSports

Redemption Is Sweet For North Carolina, 2017 NCAA Basketball Champion

Alec Baldwin voices the baby in "The Boss Baby"
20th Century Fox / "The Boss Baby"Entertainment

'The Boss Baby' Is In Charge Of The Box Office This Weekend

Scarlett Johansson in "Ghost in the Shell"
Paramount Pictures / "Ghost in the Shell"Entertainment

'Ghost In The Shell' Has To Face Whitewashing Criticism At Box Office

Jarred Vanderbilt after winning the FIBA Championship
USA BasketballSports

This Top-25 High School Basketball Player Told Us Why He's Next Up

Power Rangers in 2017 Reboot Movie
Lionsgate / "Power Rangers"Entertainment

'Power Rangers' Shows Its Millennial Appeal With $40M Opening Weekend

Robert Bork and President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and MuseumPolitics

'Borked': How A 1987 SCOTUS Nominee Still Affects Nominations Today

Tom Brady looks for his missing jersey after Super Bowl 51.
Getty ImagesSports

The Tom Brady Jersey Thief Actually Had 2 Brady Super Bowl Jerseys

Belle and the Beast Dancing
Walt Disney Studios / "Beauty and the Beast"Entertainment

'Beauty And The Beast': A Tale As Old As Time And Profitable As Ever

Attorney General Jeff Sessions takes questions during a press conference
Getty Images / Win McNameeU.S.

Project Exile: What To Know About Jeff Sessions' Plan To Reduce Crime

New video of Michael Brown in a Ferguson convenience store
Jason Pollock / "Stranger Fruit"U.S.

Filmmaker Says New Video Shows Michael Brown Didn't Rob Local Store

King Kong in Kong Skull Island Movie
Warner Bros / "Kong: Skull Island"Entertainment

'Kong: Skull Island' Brings The Famous Ape Back To Theaters Properly

Ghanaian kids in school in Accra
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

Ghana Has Made Education A Priority, And Now It's Paying Off