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Bloomberg Opinion hires CNN’s Henderson as columnist

November 3, 2023

Posted by Chris Roush

Nia-Malika Henderson

Bloomberg Opinion senior executive editor Timothy L. O’Brien sent out the following announcement to staff Friday morning:

Greetings Folks —

Victoria Benning and I are pleased to let you know that Nia-Malika Henderson will be joining Opinion on Dec. 4 as a politics and policy columnist based in Washington. She’ll write about the ins-and-outs of the pivotal 2024 election cycle while also helping us shape our broader political coverage.

Nia brings a formidable array of skills and experience to this role. She’s currently a senior political analyst for CNN where she appears regularly on the network’s top shows — offering analysis and reporting about breaking news, presidential machinations, policy debates on the Hill and a wide variety of national developments. Over the years she has also written regularly about race, gender, demographics and cultural issues.
In 2020, she reported on the Democratic presidential primary and on Trump’s re-election bid. During the 2016 campaign cycle, she reported on the Democratic and Republican candidates, covering Sen. Bernie Sanders’ insurgent campaign, Ben Carson’s unlikely bid and Donald Trump’s realignment of the Republican party.
Before joining CNN, Nia was a national political reporter for The Washington Post, where she covered the White House, the 2012 presidential campaign and the 2010 midterm campaign. She also covered the first two years of the Obama administration for Politico and was Newsday’s lead reporter covering Obama’s 2008 campaign, the Democratic primary race and the Democratic National Convention.
Back in 2005, Nia was part of a Newsday team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for a series on the history of hip hop. Before joining Newsday’s national staff, she wrote for The Baltimore Sun.
Nia was a double major in literature and cultural anthropology at Duke University and earned master’s degrees in American studies at Yale University and journalism from Columbia University.  She is on the board of visitors for Duke’s Trinity College. She lives with her wife and daughter in Washington.
She’ll come to New York in December to meet all of you here and will obviously be making a tour around her new home in the DC bureau soon, too. Please welcome her aboard when you meet her.

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