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
7:03 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Grace Lee Boggs, Activist And American Revolutionary, Turns 100

Grace sits before a "Welcome Friends" sign in her home.
Courtesy of American Revolutionary

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 10:47 pm

Grace Lee Boggs, who has spent much of her life advocating for civil rights and labor rights, became such a noted figure in Detroit's Black Power movement that people assumed she must be partially black. In some of her FBI files, Boggs, who is Chinese-American, was described as "probably Afro Chinese."

(We'll let that sit with you for a moment.)

And that's not the only assumption she's defied. For almost a century — she turned 100 Saturday — she's challenged how people think about their own activism.

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Code Switch
2:12 pm
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 8:44 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
10:19 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 1:59 pm

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
1:32 pm
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 10:38 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
2:45 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 5:49 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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