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Voices of Trinity: Barras on Obama


Trinity Alumna Jonetta Rose Barras had the lead article in thejonetta.jpg Washington Post Outlook section on Sunday. “He’s Preaching to a Choir I’ve Left” is her take on Barack Obama’s speech, Pastor Jeremiah Wright, and the incendiary issues of race and politics in America.

Jonetta will make history herself on Sunday, May 18 when she becomes the first alumna of Trinity’s Weekend College to speak at Commencement. Weekend College was the precursor to our School of Professional Studies. A graduate of the Class of 1996 and an English major, Jonetta has had a remarkable career in journalism and public commentary in the Washington region. She currently can be heard on “The D.C. Politics Hour” with Kojo Namdi on WAMU, and she writes frequently for the Washington Examiner and City Paper.

Her official bio:

Jonetta is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, with more than twenty years experience reporting and commenting on national and international social, political, and cultural trends. In 2001, Jonetta was rated one of the Top 50 Most Influential Journalists in Washington D.C. by The Washingtonian magazine alongside Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson, Maureen Dowd, and Jim Lehrer among others.

Jonetta Rose Barras is a columnist with The Washington DC Examiner. She has been a contributing political editor for The Washington City Paper and an Op-Ed columnist for the Washington Times. Her writings also have appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The New Republic, The American Enterprise, and The New Democrat among others. She has appeared as an analyst on CBS’ 60 Minutes, C-Span, CNN, WHUT-TV (Howard University Television) WRC-TV (an NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C.) PBS (This is America with Dennis Wholey) and FOX (The O’Reilly Factor).

Jonetta Rose Barras is also the author of Whatever Happened To Daddy’s Little Girl: The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women (One World/Ballantine, 2000) and The Last of the Black Emperors: The Hollow Comeback of Marion Barry in the New Age of Black Leaders (Bancroft Press, 1998). Often considered one of the freshest voices speaking for black America, Jonetta is a highly sought-after speaker who has given talks throughout the US and France.

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