Host and Co-Executive Producer of “The Janus Adams Show,” pioneer of issue-oriented women’s programming, former NPR correspondent, Janus Adams is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and scholar of women’s and African-American history.  A northern school desegregation pioneer and mother, she is founder of BackPaxKids.  

A frequent on-air guest, she has appeared on ABC, BET, CBS, CNN, Fox News, NBC’s The Today Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered.  She sparred with Ann Coulter, Sally Kohn, Katherine Parker, and Carol Swain at the Comedy Cellar’s knockout Election 2016 debate, “Conservatism and Progressivism” which aired on CSPAN.

A dynamic speaker and passionate storyteller, she is known for her unique views on current events through the lens of history.

With more than 500 articles, essays and columns to her credit, her work has been featured in Essence and Ms. Magazines, The New York Times, Newsday, USA Today, and The Washington Post.  Her syndicated column ran in the Hearst Newspapers for sixteen years.  Her commentary has been broadcast on CBS and NPR, and published in the Huffington Post where her “Open Letter to Paula Deen” went viral.

Her book, “Glory Days: 365 Inspired Moments in African American History,” was licensed by McDonald’s and reached more than 3 million readers.

Host and Co-Executive producer of public radio’s The Janus Adams Show, pioneer of issue-oriented African-American and women’s programming, she has hosted her own radio and television shows for fifteen years

Her series, “Milestones in African-American Business History,” ran on public radio’s Marketplace. Her 19-hour International Women’s Day marathon broadcasts brought her to NPR where she became the network’s first National Arts Correspondent and opened the New York News Bureau.

An entrepreneur, as founder of BackPax (a children’s publishing company) and Harambee (the first national book club for African American literature), she changed the publishing landscape for authors and audiences.

Engaged by history since childhood, a northern school desegregation pioneer at 8, she was one of the four children selected to break New York’s “de facto” public school segregation in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education.  A classically-trained pianist, she is a graduate of New York’s High School of Performing Arts.  

Her master’s is the nation’s first graduate degree in Black Studies.  Her doctoral chair was author and composer Shirley Graham Du Bois (widow of Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois, the “Father of Pan-Africanism” and co-founder of the NAACP).  Dr. Adams was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Shaw University.

Her websites are: and Adams tweets from @janusadams.



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