As one of the most controversial yet lauded reporters of the White House Press Corps, Award Winning White House Correspondent and author April Ryan is intimately familiar the experiences, trials, and tribulations a Strong Black Woman must overcome. In her new book, BLACK WOMEN WILL SAVE THE WORLD (Amistad; October 18, 2022; 9780063210196; $27.99), Ryan celebrates resilience, and champions those who have transformed their pain into progress. The only reporter covering urban issues at the White House, Ryan details her commitment to never letting the words of others discourage her, but instead empower her to lift her voice, and the voices of Black women unable to speak for themselves.
What you need to know about April Ryan:
  • April Ryan is the longest-serving Black female White House Correspondent, and the only Black woman reporter covering urban issues from the White House—a position she has held since the Clinton era.
  • Throughout her 25-year career, Ryan has covered five presidential administrations, numerous historical events, and recently received a standing ovation at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner for speaking up for marginalized voices in urban communities.
  • She is an author, speaker, CNN Political Analyst and DC Bureau Chief for TheGrio, where she delivers her readership and listeners (millions of African Americans and close to 300 radio affiliates) news that “amplifies Black culture.”
  • She has received death threats after Trump told her to ‘sit down’ in an attempt to silence her during a press conference.
  • To date, Ryan has asked five Presidents relevant and pertinent questions on behalf of an underserved urban community. She asked Donald Trump about his collusion with Russia, if he were racist, and if he planned to resign. She questioned Bill Clinton on his impeachment, George W. Bush on Katrina. Barack Obama on race in America, and Joe Biden about his promises for change.
  • She is a graduate of HBCU Morgan State University and member of Delta Sigma Theta.
  • The National Association of Black Journalists named Ryan as the “Journalist of the Year” (2017), and an NAACP Image Awards Nominee for the Social Justice Impact Award (2015)
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