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Pamela Newkirk: A Slideshow

Pamela Newkirk

Award winning journalist and author

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
4:15 p.m. Craft talk - Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition
7:30 p.m. Conversation/Q&A - 7:30 p.m., Hearst Media Center, 645 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany

Pamela Newkirk, professor of journalism at NYU, presents Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business (2019), a landmark survey of recent efforts to
bring racial equality to America’s major corporations and institutions.


Newkirk asks tough questions about why progress has been so slow, and highlights a small number of success stories that point the way to meaningful advances.

Cosponsored by UAlbany’s School of Business and the UAlbany Alumni Association.

Hearst Media Center Registration:




Pamela Newkirk

A former reporter for Albany’s Knickerbocker News (1984-87), where she covered the New York State Legislature, Newkirk went to Washington, D.C. as a Capitol Hill correspondent for Gannett News Service. Later she worked for newspapers in New York City. Among her assignments was the coverage of the election of David Dinkins,  the city’s first African American mayor. She also traveled to South Africa and witnessed Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.  Her series of articles was awarded the International Reporting Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists. 


​Two years later, in 1992, Pamela was on the New York Newsday reporting team awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Spot News for coverage of a fatal subway crash.  In 1993 Pamela joined the faculty at New York University and continued contributing articles to numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, Artnews, and Essence.

Newkirk was a featured panelist during the Writers Institute's Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World three-day symposium in October, 2017.

Her previous books include Within the Veil:Black Journalists, White Media (2000), and Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga (2015). She is also editor of Letters from Black America (2009) and A Love No Less: Two Centuries of African American Love Letters (2004).


Bloomberg podcast: How companies are lacking in diversity initiatives

Read more:

The business case for diversity,, Oct. 28, 2019

The diversity industry is worth billions. But what do we have to show for it? Fast Company Oct. 22, 2019

“It’s a critical issue for this country, [and] it’s a critical issue for our world. We have so many people whose talents are being overlooked or whose potential is not being developed because we have this idea of who should be in these fields. We even have an idea of who is American.

We need to interrogate our notions about fairness, equality and opportunity. All these ideas are bubbling up — especially now due to who is in the White House and the whole focus on immigration and diversity — and not in a positive way. 


― Pamela Newkirk,, published Oct. 30, 2019 

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