Who We Are

Kristal Brent Zook

Kristal Brent Zook

Kristal Brent Zook is an associate 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.


Featured Columns

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 »

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 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 »