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Donovan X. Ramsey named Commentary Editor of The Marshall Project

Ramsey was previously deputy editor at

Donovan X. Ramsey is joining the senior editorial staff of The Marshall Project, where he will oversee the commentary and analysis section.

Ramsey is an emerging voice on the topics of black identity, politics and criminal justice, and patterns of power in America. His commentary on racial identity and politics has been featured in The New York Times, and his reporting and analysis have appeared in The Atlantic, GQ, The New Republic, Gawker, and Ebony, among others.

"I'm delighted to be joining the team at The Marshall Project,” said Ramsey. “There's no outlet producing better journalism on the biggest questions in criminal justice today. I look forward to developing the site's voice and engaging its audience with thought-provoking commentary.”

“Donovan is bringing amazing energy and talents to our masthead,” said Carroll Bogert, president of The Marshall Project. “We’re thrilled that he will be opening up our platform to a wide range of contributors on criminal justice.”

Ramsey will report directly to the president to ensure that the commentary section and the newsroom are mutually independent.

Ramsey joins The Marshall Project from, where he oversaw the site’s coverage of politics, social justice and culture. Before Complex, he was an Emerging Voices Fellow at Demos, a New York-based public policy think-tank, where he explored the role race plays in policing. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Ramsey now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Marshall Project is a nonprofit media organization covering criminal justice in the United States. Founded by Neil Barsky in 2014, under the editorial direction of Bill Keller, The Marshall Project has published more than 700 stories, many in partnership with over 70 media organizations. It is the youngest news organization ever to win the Pulitzer Prize.