About Nia-Malika Henderson

Nia-Malika Henderson is a national political reporter for The Washington Post, where she covers the White House and the 2012 campaign. Before joining The Post, Nia wrote about education, race and the White House for Politico. In 2008, she covered the presidential election and local government on Long Island for Newsday. She also worked at The Baltimore Sun where she covered city government in Annapolis. A regular guest on Fox, MSNBC, and CNN, Nia has an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from Duke University, and graduate degrees from Yale University in American studies and Columbia University in journalism.

Could Elizabeth Warren Become the Go-To Democrat?

Elizabeth Warren Campaign

Nia-Malika Henderson: Warren has become the darling of progressives who are looking for an alternative to Hillary Clinton, and see her as a champion of the working class.

Hillary’s $600,000 Problem

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Nia-Malika Henderson: Chelsea Clinton’s salary embodies the kind of passed-down privilege available to a select few, often based on birth rather than merit. Which gets back to Warren, and why her potential candidacy makes some Democrats swoon.

Women to Watch in May Primary Sweepstakes

Women Primary Candidates

Nia-Malika Henderson: Every single Tuesday this month, there will be a primary election and lots of pontificating about what it all means. The storyline we’ll be watching most closely is how well women candidates do in these races.

Black Women Political Powerhouse, Socially Vulnerable

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Nia Malika-Henderson: African American women are a powerful force at the polls, leading in voter turnout among all women but are more vulnerable to health problems and violence than other group.

White House Report Focuses on Women and Tipped Wage Jobs


Nia-Malika Henderson: Expect to hear more about hiking the tipped minimum wage as Democrats debate the issue and look for areas of compromise with red state Democrats up for reelection and also with Republicans.

A Rift Among Senate Women: It’s About Time


Senate Women: Now, it’s the Senate as cat fight in the cafeteria — as much a caricature of women lawmakers as hand-holding besties.

Will Newark’s Woes Scuttle Cory Booker’s Senate Run?

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Nia-Malika Henderson: Booker’s brand, chronicled in film, magazine spreads and 140-character tweets, stands in many ways wholly apart from the reality of Newark, a majority-black city marred by race riots, corruption and neglect.

Rosa Parks Honored with U.S. Capitol Statue

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Nia-Malika Henderson: On Wednesday, President Obama and congressional leaders unveiled a nine-foot bronze statue of Rosa Louise Parks, making her the first black woman honored with a full-length statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

Romney’s Binder Full of Women

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Nia-Malika Henderson: the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus on Wednesday disputed Romney’s statements that he had initiated the search for female job candidates on his own.

Can Mitt Take Every Possible Position on Abortion?

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Nia-Malika Hnderson: “I’m running out of fingers and toes to count the number of positions he has taken on abortion,” said Steve Deace, a conservative radio host in Iowa.

Jobs Report Shifts Campaign Rhetoric

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Nia-Malika Hendewrson and Rachel Weiner: Two days after Romney reignited his campaign with a winning debate performance, Republicans were struggling once again to find their footing after a positive September jobs report muted the campaign’s main talking point.

Romney’s Five Risky Campaign Bets

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Nia-Malika Henderson: Romney has bet that elevating Clinton would diminish Obama in voter’s minds. But then Clinton, who is America’s most popular politician, torched Romney and House Republicans, delivering big in Charlotte.

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