Trymaine Lee

Fall 2021
Resident Fellow
Trymaine Lee IOP Fall 2021 Fellow

Trymaine Lee is a Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning journalist and correspondent for MSNBC and the host of the “Into America” podcast, where he explores the intersection of politics, race and justice through the lens of the Black experience in America.

Trymaine is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine’s “1619 Project,” and has reported for a host of local and national news outlets, including The New York Times, the Huffington Post, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Trentonian and the Philadelphia Tribune. He was a 2016/2017 New America Foundation fellow and has been named to Ebony magazine's "Power 100" and The Root’s “Root 100” lists of influential African Americans. Trymaine is also a past recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists Emerging Journalist of the Year award.

He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 as part of a team covering Hurricane Katrina for the Times-Picayune newspaper and a 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis for his reporting on gun violence and trauma in Chicago as part of a series and hour-long special on MSNBC. In 2019 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis for his reporting for Everyday Racism in America, an MSNBC Special that examined the daily torment of racism suffered by racial minorities.

He is currently writing a book on race, trauma and gun violence in America.

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