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Representation & Responsibility: Equity in the Media

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  • April 25
  • 7 p.m.
  • Harris Stowe University (Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack Auditorium)
  • Free

Please join us for the fourth installment in our Representation & Responsibility series. This community conversation will feature Charles Blow, the New York Times columnist whose memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, is the basis for OTSL's 2019 world premiere of the same name.



Charles Blow

Charles Blow is a New York Times columnist whose memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, is the basis for Opera Theatre's 2019 world premiere of the same name.

Mr. Blow joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. In that role, he led The Times to a best of show award from the Society for News Design for The Times’s information graphics coverage of 9/11, the first time the award had been given for graphics coverage. He also led the paper to its first two best of show awards from the Malofiej Infographics World Summit for work that included coverage of the Iraq war. Mr. Blow became the paper’s design director for news before leaving in 2006 to become the art director of National Geographic magazine. Before joining The Times, Mr. Blow had been a graphic artist at The Detroit News.

Mr. Blow is the author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones, released in September 2014. He graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received a B.A. in mass communications. He lives in Brooklyn and has three children.

Jeff Yang

Jeff Yang is an author and journalist who writes frequently for CNN. He is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal Online and can be heard on radio as a contributor to shows such as PRI's "The Takeaway" and WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show." He is the author of "I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action" and editor of the graphic novel anthologies "Secret Identities" and "Shattered."


Jasmine Huda co-anchors Fox 2 News at 11 p.m. A St. Louis native, Jasmine has served as on-air reporter or anchor at KSPR-TV in Springfield, MO, KSDK-TV, and KMOV-TV in St. Louis. She is the recipient of a national Edward R. Murrow award, a regional Edward R. Murrow award, and a regional Mid-America Emmy. Ms. Huda has been honored in several publications for her talent and contributions to St. Louis. She was named “Best Newscaster” by St. Louis Magazine, “Best Female On Air Personality” by Alive Magazine, and has also been profiled in The New York Times, The 9s Men’s Magazine,, and “Who’s Who In Diversity in St. Louis.”


Carol Daniel began her career at the “Voice of St. Louis” in 1995 as an anchor, reporter and talk show host. Ms. Daniel helped launch the Emmy-winning television talk show, “Great Day St. Louis,” where she was a cohost for four years. She is also an award-winning columnist — she was honored twice with a National Newspaper Association award for her column, “Carol’s Journal,” which ran for nearly 10 years in the St. Louis American Newspaper. In 2014, Carol published her first book, “All I Ever Wanted: Relationships, Marriage, Family.” Carol has been honored for her work by the Missouri Broadcasters Association, St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Monsanto YWCA.

This event is co-hosted by the St. Louis Press Club.