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Gene Demby

Co-host/Correspondent, Code Switch

Gene Demby is a founding member of NPRs Code Switch team, where he serves as a host of the show's podcast. In 2020, Code Switch was named Apple's inaugural Podcast Of The Year. Demby's essays for Code Switch have also earned him honors for commentary from the Online News Association. Prior to joining NPR, he served as the managing editor of HuffPost's BlackVoices. He began his professional journalism career at the New York Times, where he served in various roles.

Demby hails from Philadelphia and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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In 'Chicano Frankenstein,' the undead are the new underpaid labor force

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Frederick Douglass visited Ireland in 1845 to drum up support for abolition. That launched generations of solidarity between Black civil rights and Irish republican activists. Jackie Lay/NPR hide caption

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Despite being addictive and deadly, menthol cigarettes were long advertised as a healthy alternative to "regular" cigarettes — and heavily advertised to Black folks in cities. Jackie Lay/NPR hide caption

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