Nia-Malika Henderson

nia malika hendersonNia-Malika Henderson is a senior political reporter for CNN Politics. She reports broadly on the 2016 campaign for CNN's digital and television platforms, with a special focus on identity politics — exploring the dynamics of demographics, race and religion, and reporting on the groups of people who help shape national elections. Until early 2015, she was a national political reporter for The Washington Post, where she covered 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.

Why Condi Won’t Run

Draft Condoleezza Rice

*+-Nia-Malika Hendrson: The ‘Draft Condoleezza Rice for [fill in the blank office]’ movement will never ever die. And with an open Senate seat in California in 2016, the unquenchable desire among Republicans for candidate Rice has an actual office that she could run for in sight.

Michelle: Democratic Base Whisperer

Michelle Obama Campaigning

*+-Nia-Malika Henderson: Michelle Obama’s biggest attraction and biggest strength is that she is essentially the keeper of the Obama 2008 flame for the Democratic base; she even begins some of her speeches with the “fired up” line from 2008.

Hillary Surprisingly Bold on Ferguson

Hillary on Ferguson

*+-Nia Malika Henderson: Whereas most Democrats and Republicans, and eventually President Obama, addressed the militarization of the police, Clinton actually went there on an issue that most avoided: racism and the criminal justice system.

Will Al Sharpton Become a Thorn in Hillary’s Side?

Al Sharpton HIllary Clinton

*+-Nia-Malika Henderson: Clinton could be facing a generation of social media savvy black voters and other media types who are tired of the idea of a designated “black leader,” possibly let down by Obama, and who are looking for a more up-front examination and response to racism.

Why Sarah Palin TV Makes Perfect Sense

sarah palin tv

*+-Nia-Malika Henderson: Over the last years, with her reality shows, Palin went the Kardashian route, but now she will add a dash of her early professional life as well, offering up all things Palin via your tablet, phone, or computer.

Hillary’s $600,000 Problem

Chelsea Clinton NBC News

*+-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.