Kat Chow

Kat Chow is a journalist covering race, ethnicity, and culture for NPR's new Code Switch team. In this role, Chow is responsible for reporting and telling stories using social media, sparking conversations online, and blogging.

Prior to coming to NPR, Chow worked with WGBH in Boston and was a reporting fellow for The Cambodia Daily, an English-language newspaper in Phnom Penh.

While a student at the University of Washington in Seattle, Chow was a founding member of a newsmagazine television show and freelanced for the Seattle Weekly. She also interned with the Seattle Times and worked on NBC's Winter Olympics coverage in Vancouver, B.C. You can find her tweeting away for Code Switch at @NPRCodeSwitch, and sharing her thoughts at @katchow.

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Code Switch
11:12 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Denmark Vesey And The History Of Charleston's 'Mother Emanuel' Church

The sun rising behind the steeple of Emanuel AME Church the morning after nine people were shot and killed inside.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 5:44 pm

There's a long history to the Emanuel African Methodist Espiscopal Church in Charleston, S.C., — affectionately known as "Mother Emanuel" — where nine churchgoers were allegedly shot and killed by 21-year-old Dylann Roof on Wednesday night in what authorities are calling a hate crime. In fact, this church has become a revered symbol of black resistance to slavery and racism.

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Code Switch
7:17 am
Thu May 28, 2015

BuzzFeed's Saeed Jones Wrote A Beautiful Thing On Being Black In The Book World

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 10:59 am

Today on Code Switch, writer and critic Roxane Gay, who's a favorite of ours, writes about the problem of all-white recommended readings lists.

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Code Switch
10:59 am
Fri May 8, 2015

The Slants Frontman Fights Government To Register His Band's Name

Here's the band.
Sarah Giffrow The Slants

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 7:38 pm

Editor's note: In 2013, we wrote about a band named The Slants and the legal battle over its name. As the saga continues, we check back in on what it means to the band's members — and what it could mean for trademark law.

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Code Switch
12:34 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Reaction To Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's Remarks

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's prosecutor, announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 2:49 pm

Baltimore's lead prosecutor, Marilyn J. Mosby, announced on Friday that the death of Freddie Gray was a homicide. Mosby, who took office in January, is charging six city police officers with a range of offenses — including second-degree murder and manslaughter.

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Code Switch
1:38 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Virtual Readings For Baltimore's Freddie Gray

A man rides a bicycle through heavy smoke from a fire at a nearby store on Monday during unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 10:55 am

Editor's note: This post contains some language that many will find offensive.

Lots of people are looking for words to make sense of Freddie Gray's death and the subsequent unrest in Baltimore, and have turned to writers — from novelist and social critic James Baldwin to hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar — for an assist. They're sharing these writers' words on social media, as screenshots in tweets, Instragrammed pictures of open books, and Photoshopped collages uploaded to Facebook.

Here are some of the virtual readings that stuck out to us — with context.

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