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Farai Chideya has accomplished many things at 28 years old that many journalists can only hope to achieve She began her career as an intern at Newsweek while studying at Harvard After her graduation she was hired at Newsweek as a reporter and stayed on from 1990-1994 Chideya covered news in Newsweeks New York and Chicago bureaus as well as in the Washington bureau where she covered national politics from an article titled Skewering Congressional Pork to following President Clinton as a pool reporter on Air Force OneSoon afterward Chideya made her transition to newswriting at MTV from 1994-1996 During this short period of time Chideya also completed a fellowship at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center examining why young Americans are tuning out the news She published a book in 1995 called Dont Believe the Hype Cultural Misinformation About African-Americans which is now in its eigth printing Using statistics largely from government sources she attempted to undercut the argument that African-Americans are at the roots of problems such as crime welfare and drugs Chideya spent time as a CNN Political Analyst during the 1996 presidential campaign It was at this time that she was named to the New York Daily News Dream Team of political reporters and commentators She appeared on programming such as TalkBack Live and CNN Company as well as ABCs Nightline CBSs Up to the Minute and BETs Teen Summit and Town Hall Meeting on the Black Family She saw the publishing of her new book The Color of our Future How the Nations Most Diverse Generation is Reshaping American Culture in 1997 That was also the year that she began her two current positions as an ABC News Correspondent and Editor of National Affairs at VIBE magazine During same period Newsweek named her to its Century Club of 100 people to watch as we approach the year 2000 As a freelance journalist she has written extensively about music books
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