Bobbi-Jeanne Misick

Ida B. Wells Fellow, 2021

Bobbi-Jeanne Misick is our Southern Fellow. She’s a New Orleans, Louisiana based journalist and a reporter for NPR member-stations WWNO and WRKF, where she covers health, criminal justice and social justice issues. Much of her work as a reporter and producer has focused on the Caribbean, where she covered a range of topics from violence against LGBTQ youth, gay marriage and teen pregnancy to extrajudicial killings, misuse of police resources and the rise of extremism in the region. Bobbi-Jeanne’s work has appeared in ESSENCE Magazine and on NPR. She is a graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. She will be reporting on immigration asylum and parole policies in the deep south.


The 2021 Jackson water crisis and the cracks that remain in a long-damaged system

A year ago, below freezing temperatures collapsed Jackson, Mississippi’s water system, leaving thousands without water and revealing longstanding cracks in its infrastructure.

After bomb threats, Southern HBCU leaders discuss how to move forward: 'We can't cave'

Leaders of southern HBCUs gathered for a virtual roundtable to discuss the significance of bomb threats made against their institutions and how to move forward.

Seeking asylum in the U.S. is not easy. It's harder when you speak a rare language

Two men who speak a rare language languished in Louisiana and Mississippi detention centers — in part, they say, because they weren’t able to share their experiences in their native tongue.

Cancer rates are higher in polluted, poorer Louisiana neighborhoods, new study says

A new study shows connection between cancer rates and air pollution in Louisiana’s poorest and most industrialized neighborhoods.

Homer Plessy has been pardoned for arrest that led to 'separate but equal' ruling

The state of Louisiana has granted a posthumous pardon to Homer Plessy, the Creole man who refused to leave a “whites only” train car in 1892. The case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gulf States will get $100M to expand internet access. Here’s what they’re prioritizing

Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are set to receive $100 million from the infrastructure bill to expand internet access, but each state will have a different set of priorities.

Louisiana’s most vulnerable residents share their stories during EPA’s ‘Journey to Justice’ tour

Black residents of Southeast Louisiana, dedicated to fighting air and soil pollution in their own neighborhoods and towns met with EPA Administrator Michael Regan on his “Journey to Justice,” listening tour, sharing their stories and frustrations.

Sheriff's race against incumbent Marlin Gusman, Susan Hutson goes to runoff

New Orleanians must wait a few more weeks to learn who their next sheriff will be, with a runoff called between incumbent Sheriff Marlin Gusman and former New Orleans Police Department Independent Monitor Susan Hutson.