Jaweed Kaleem, formerly of the Huffington Post, announced over the weekend that he would be joining the LA Times as the newspaper’s race and justice correspondent:
— Jaweed Kaleem (@jaweedkaleem) March 19, 2016
Kaleem explained in a Facebook post what he would be covering for the paper:
Happy to announce my next assignment: I’m joining Los Angeles Times as its national race and justice correspondent. I’ll be based in L.A. on the national desk with eyes on stories around the U.S. on race relations, law/police &, yes, even religion when it applies.
The LA Times confirmed Kaleem’s hiring in a story, and described the race and justice beat:
Kaleem will be examining the ways in which race and ethnicity shape our evolving understanding of what it is to be American. He will be looking at persistent inequality in our schools, neighborhoods and workplaces; at why citizens’ experiences with the police, the courts and the prison system continue to vary with skin color; at the ways in which race helps shape the political debate and transform the culture.
Kaleem’s news comes after the AP announced last week that it would be expanding its race beat under the leadership of editor Sonya Ross. The New York Times has not indicated whether it plans to restore its race beat after dismantling it a year ago.
Kaleem left the Huffington Post after five years as a religion reporter for the outlet. Before that he was a religion and general assignment reporter for The Miami Herald.
Last year the LA Times hired Dexter Thomas to cover online culture, including Black Twitter. Recent stories from Thomas show that his beat might have expanded with him covering everything from ketchup solving the tech industry’s diversity problem to moving black hair care products from drug store ethnic aisles.
UPDATE: The LA Times released an internal memo with the announcement of Kaleem’s hiring. The memo describes how Kaleem would be working alongside Thomas:
Kaleem’s position shows the Times’ continuing commitment to covering the diversity of American experience and exploring how that diversity both challenges and enriches the tapestry of our society. Kaleem will expand on the work Dexter Thomas is already doing, capturing the African American conversation on social media and beyond.