Jamelle Bouie | Biography

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  • Full Name Jamelle Antoine Bouie
  • Occupation Journalist, Columnist, Photographer
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Virginia, USA
  • Birth Date Apr 12, 1987
  • Age 37 Years, 1 Months
American Journalist & The New York Times Columnist

Jamelle Bouie | Biography

Former Chief Political Correspondent for Slate Magazine

Jamelle Antoine Bouie is an American journalist who has written for portals such as The New York Times, The Washington Independent, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, including The Prospect, where he was active as an analyst. He is also a photographer who uses both digital and analog equipment to capture his surroundings. 

Jamelle Antoine Bouie is an American journalist who works as a columnist for The New York Times.

Who Is Jamelle Bouie?

Jamelle Antoine Bouie is a prominent face in the landscape of journalism. He has settled successful stints on several prestigious media portals, including The New York Times, CBS News, Slate, The Daily Beast, and The American Prospect. He was a former chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. Furthermore, he is known for spicing his editorials with a historical lens while reflecting on political, policy, and national issues.

Where Was Jamelle Bouie Born?

Jamelle Antoine Bouie was born on 12 April 1987. He was born and raised by his parents in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.


Bouie completed his high school studies at Floyd E. Kellam High School, Virginia Beach, Virginia. He then attended the University of Virginia. He got a bachelor's degree in political and social thought and government. Bouie began blogging while he was there, which sparked his interest in pursuing a career in journalism.


Bouie works as a columnist for one of America's prestigious newspapers, The New York Times. To boot, he also works as a political analyst for CBS News. He mainly covers campaigns, elections, national issues, and culture in these portals.

Before joining the Times, in 2014, he was appointed as a chief political correspondent for the Slate magazine. There, he covered politics, policy, race, including the 2016 presidential race and the entertainment niches like science fiction, comics, and movies. A few more of Bouie's early career experiences include his position as a staff writer at The Daily Beast from 2013 to 2014 and as a Knobler Fellow at the media center, The Nation Institute, and Writing Fellow at the magazine, The American Prospect. 

Besides the given, Bouie has written for other portals such as The Washington Independent, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, including The Prospect, where he was active as an analyst. He is also a photographer who uses both digital and analog equipment to capture his surroundings. 

Historical Lens

Bouie is a Charlottesville, Virginia, and Washington D.C.-based journalist who inculcates a historical lens in most of his writings. He explained to Charlottesville Tomorrow in 2021 the need to use a historical lens to comprehend the present state of any affairs.

"When people think of news, they tend to just think of new things happening now. But I think you can also take the perspective that history can be a new thing," he said. "You can use the tools of journalism, take a journalist's eye toward historical events and use them to inform how people understand the present," he added.

One of his columns in the New York Times titled "If it's not Jim Crow, what is it?" (6 April 2021) explored Georgia's new voting limitations in the perspective of a period marked by legislation that disenfranchised people of color. Similarly, his other column, "There's a reason the election of 1800 still sings out to us" (29 September 2020), remembers a tumultuous era in early American history, as well as the controversial election in which Charlottesville's Thomas Jefferson was elected as the president. 

"There's a lot of history that a lot of people don't know for totally innocent or innocuous reasons and a journalists' job is to recover information," Bouie stated to Charlottesville Tomorrow in 2021. "This is like a source of information that can be uncovered. Taking that approach and thinking of the job in terms of revealing old facts to people has been really useful," he continued.


Additionally, Bouie contributes to Serious Eats as a cereal reviewer. Serious Eats is an award-winning Dotdash brand that offers website-based food services and attracts over 7 million monthly visitors. It extends tried-and-true recipes, science-based cooking techniques, in-depth equipment assessments, and cultural and historical context for the meals people eat.

He also appears on CBS's Face the Nation regularly.

Awards and Recognitions

In 2015, Forbes recognized Bouie to their '30 Under 30 in Media' list.

Wife & Children

Bouie is a married man with children. He presently lives in the city of Charlottesville, in the state of Virginia.

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