Featured Speaker: April Ryan

“A White House Correspondent’s View”


White House Correspondent April Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House–a position she has held since the Clinton administration. On behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks and through her “Fabric of America” news blog, she delivers her readership  and listeners (millions of African Americans and close to 300 radio affiliates) a “unique urban and minority perspective in news.”  Her position as a White House Correspondent has afforded her unusual insight into the racial sensitivities, issues, and attendant political struggles of our nation’s last presidents.

 April can be seen almost daily on CNN as a political analyst. She has been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Elle magazines, the New York Times,  the Washington Post, and Politico--to name a few. She has also appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper 360, Hardball, Meet the PressReal Time with Bill Maher, and many other television news programs.  April is the 2017 National Association of Black Journalist’s Journalist of the Year and a Terker Fellow with the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs. 

 April Ryan has served on the board of the prestigious White House Correspondents Association; she is one of only three African Americans in the Association’s over 100-year history to serve on its board.  She is also an esteemed member of the National Press Club.

 April is a Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate; she gives back to this community by serving as a mentor to aspiring journalists and assisting with developing “up and coming” broadcasters. April considers her greatest life’s work raising her two daughters, Ryan and Grace–who are phenomenal young women in their own right.

 April Ryan is the author of the award-winning book, The Presidency in Black and White (2015) and At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and Whte (2016), where she looks at race relations through the lessons and wisdom that mothers have given their children. A paperback version of The Presidency in Black and White–with updates about the Trump White House, is also available. This paperback edition is a Washington Post best seller. April’s latest book, Under Fire: Reporting From the Front Lines of the Trump White House, was published in September, 2018.