Black journalists can’t breathe: Star-Ledger reporter

Tennyson Donyéa called out racism at the Star-Ledger and other NJ Advance Media publications with an artistic appeal for social justice that was both dramatic and touching.

“Black journalists can’t breathe and it’s become my mental health hell,” said Donyéa.

Donyéa is an award-winning journalist and writer. He covers Culture, Identity and Diversity-related issues for NJ Advance Media. At least he did, although it is not clear if he still has a job there.

Before coming to NJ.com, he was a general assignment reporter for local television stations in rural California, Maine and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. A native of Washington D.C.

“Black journalists can’t breathe, and it’s become my mental health hell,” said Tennyson Donyea, who posted his complaints on Twitter. “This may be career suicide. I may go bankrupt. But after working in this industry for five years, it’s the hill I must die on for the sake of my Black sanity.”


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