2013 The Root 100

As the lead blogger for NPR's race and culture blog, Code Switch, Gene Demby goes in on subjects others might shy from.

  • Influence: 177.2
  • Reach: 9.92
  • Substance: 7.5
  • Media Mentions: 37
  • Internet Mentions: 31700
  • Twitter Followers: 6962
  • Gene Demby

  • Demby is the lead blogger of Code Switch, NPR's project on the confluence of race and culture.
  • Job: Lead blogger for NPR's Code Switch blog
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @GeeDee215
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Age: 32
  • Bio:

    Creator of the blog PostBourgie, former New York Times staffer and ex-managing editor for Huffington Post's Black Voices Gene Demby examines the politics and culture of race. The Philadelphia native is now the lead blogger for NPR's new race, ethnicity and culture blog, Code Switch, which launched this spring. Demby tackles subjects like white appropriation of black culture and why asking "who can say the 'n-word'" is a terrible question, all while maintaining his signature witty and visceral writing style. He's also quite the conversation starter, utilizing Twitter and the Code Switch team to prompt thought-provoking social media discussions, such as the #Iwastheonly hashtag that encouraged people to share their stories of being the only member of their ethnic group in a given situation, as well as asking people what they told their children after the George Zimmerman verdict in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    Visit his website.

  • Fun Fact: "I was on the set of the taping of the Fresh Prince opening theme song. He gave me his autograph. From that chance encounter, our respective meteoric rises began. His to superstardom, and mine to the 5th grade."