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Because Hamiltonians Tell Stories: Jessica Moulite ’14


At The Root, an online magazine of black news, opinions, politics, and culture, video journalist Jessica Moulite ’14 strives to tells nuanced stories through her short, documentary-style pieces and as host of “The Range,” a roundtable discussion by thought leaders.

Recently she conducted a much-praised, exclusive interview with U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts about Pressley’s alopecia. When Moulite got the assignment, she knew she’d treat the story with special care; she too has alopecia.

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“All of the congresswoman's feelings of embarrassment, shame, and pain were so relatable to me because those feelings were mine, and I knew how high the stakes were in telling such a personal story of a government official. I wanted to tell Rep. Pressley's story because the stigma surrounding women’s hair loss — and alopecia in particular — is one that needs to be broken,” Moulite says.

She earned a master’s in journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Majoring in communication and women’s studies at Hamilton, she learned about the real-world implications of social markers such as race, gender, and class. When she pitches stories, Moulite often thinks back to her women’s studies’ senior seminar, and asks herself, “OK, whose voices are excluded from this narrative? Or if we are going to tell this story about a particular marginalized group within black people, how do we make sure that we are doing this story with the most amount of care?”

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