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Kristal Brent Zook

Kristal Brent Zook

Kristal Brent Zook, Ph.D., is a professor of journalism and director of the M.A. Journalism Program at Hofstra University on Long Island. She is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Essence, and many other outlets. She has also offered commentary and analysis for radio and TV networks like NPR, CNN, MSNBC, MTV, BET and TV ONE. Zook is the author of three books, including Black Women’s Lives: Stories of Pain and Power. Follow her on Twitter @KristalZook.

Kristal Brent Zook is a WMC SheSource expert on Gender, Race, and Domestic Violence. 


Featured Columns

Meet the Woman Journalist Behind Early US-Cuba Talks

Meet the Woman Journalist Behind Early US-Cuba Talks

July 9, 2015

As the United States and Cuba reopen embassies this month, we remember Lisa Howard, a little-known television journalist who played a key role in secret talks between the Kennedy and Castro governments. More »

Giving Women Journalists a New Reach

Giving Women Journalists a New Reach

March 4, 2015

Global Press News Service brings women’s unique access and insights to international reporting. More »

Women Writers Find a New Platform

Women Writers Find a New Platform

July 9, 2014

An innovative digital publisher offers new opportunities to women writers—and their audiences. More »

Futures Without Violence

Futures Without Violence

March 11, 2013

A UN Commission on the Status of Women Event Highlights Groups Acting to End Violence Against Women Around the World. More »

Of Fantasy Sluts and Real-Life Survivors

Of Fantasy Sluts and Real-Life Survivors

November 16, 2012

In fighting sexual violence, says the author, school administrators need to be proactive and help the students themselves change the cultural environment. More »

Election Coverage Falls Short on “Women’s Issues”

Election Coverage Falls Short on “Women’s Issues”

October 31, 2012

The mainstream media misses the complexity of women’s lives in representing what’s important to women voters. The author (left) calls for a far more nuanced public conversation. More »

The View from Stephanie Tubbs Jones’ Turf

August 25, 2008

It’s a strange truth that national and international news somehow looks different, up close. So I found it to be upon waking up in Ohio last week, where I happened to be working, the morning following the untimely death of Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, 58, from a massive brain aneurysm. More »

Calling All Women and Minority Media Owners (But Not Too Loudly)

August 1, 2008

“This is a bit more civilized than usual,” one attendee could be heard saying upon entering the auditorium for the Federal Communications Commission event in New York City on Tuesday. Unlike the emotional collection of media activists, protestors, concerned citizens and artists (some of whom directed hisses and sneers at FCC Chair Kevin Martin) who attended any one of the public hearings held by the commission over the past year, this one featured mostly suits and ties, all of whom coolly assembled without fanfare at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. More »

Blogging While Brown (and Female)

July 2, 2008

“People consider me the 411 on what goes wrong with black women in America,” says Gina McCauley, founder of www.whataboutourdaughters.blogspot.com. More »

The GreenStone Story—Radio That Talked to Women

November 28, 2007

Murders in Mexico Continue

September 4, 2007

Hillary Gets Down

August 22, 2007

Women’s eNews Five Years Later

June 25, 2007

New Study Finds Abysmally Few Minority and Women Owned Radio Stations

June 13, 2007

Chicago Radio Station Owner at the Crossroads

June 5, 2007

Black Enough? Obama’s Dilemma and Mine

March 8, 2007

Murphy’s “Norbit”—Just a Good Laugh?

February 27, 2007

Why They Can’t Go Home

February 5, 2007

Digging at Duke

January 22, 2007

Using New Media to Uncover Hidden Histories

December 11, 2006

The Virtual Charms of New Media

December 4, 2006