will be Capital B’s first local newsroom
Metro Atlanta is home to 2 million Black people, with unreported and underreported stories around every corner. The newsroom will be built by Atlantans, for Atlantans, with the help of editor-at-large Jewel Wicker, an award-winning journalist and native of the city.
Capital B is a Black-led, nonprofit local and national news organization reporting for Black communities across the country.
The organization’s founders, two outstanding Black journalism leaders, received an incubation grant from the American Journalism Project in 2020 to support their efforts to design and fundraise for a new news organization to serve Black communities. Their first local newsroom, in Atlanta, was announced in August 2021.
Capital B’s local newsrooms will produce accessible civic journalism that serves Black audiences news and information they need to navigate their communities and be fully engaged citizens.
Plans to expand to additional cities to equip more Black Americans with accessible, accurate, and need-to-know reporting are already underway.
We are so excited about building a radically diverse and inclusive newsroom. Black America is vast in its diversity.”
Akoto Ofori-Atta, Co-Founder and Chief Audience Officer
Lauren Williams is one of the most sought-after journalism leaders of her generation. Most recently she was SVP and editor-in-chief of Vox, where she managed all editorial and business operations for the explanatory news network, including one of YouTube’s largest news channels (with 9 million subscribers); more than a dozen podcasts, including the daily news show Today, Explained, and a TV operation anchored by the Netflix franchise Explained.
Akoto Ofori-Atta is a highly admired editorial leader in nonprofit news. She was previously managing editor at The Trace, where she was responsible for partnerships, special projects, and editorial operations and helped secure more than 170 local and national editorial partners for The Trace’s features and investigations. In 2015, she completed a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, where she focused on issues surrounding diversity and the Black press.