Executive Producer--The Barras Report. June 2018 through present. Produce and host a television show that explores the intersection between
local and national politics, public policies and culture
Freelance Writer. June 2015 through present. Write long form articles, including investigative reports around affordable housing, public education, and politics
—local and national--for variety of publications.
Columnist,The Washington Post, June 2013 through June 2015. Wrote weekly opinion columns for a daily newspaper.
Columnist. The Washington Examiner newspaper. July 2005 through March 2013. Provided twice- weekly opinion columns to a daily paper with more than 250,000
Host. D.C. Politics with jonetta. May 2009 through January 2011. Served as host of weekly talk show on 50,000-watt radio station WPFW-FM, an affiliate of
Pacifica network. The show focused on public policy issues.
Political Analyst and Commentator. NPR affiliate WAMU FM-Radio (88.5) D.C. Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta. Washington, D.C. October 2002 through May 2008.
Provided weekly political analyses on local and national issues.
Host. September 2001 through November 2003. Served as host of weekly talk show on WPFW-FM, a Pacifica affiliate, which focused on international, national and
local news and culture.
Contributing Political Editor. The Washington City Paper. November 2000 through August 2001; also wrote paper’s premier political column—“Loose Lips.”
Columnist. The Washington Times 1996 through 2000. Wrote weekly commentary on the Op-ed page about local and national cultural, social, and political issues.
Contributing Writer. Capital Style Magazine 1999 through 2000. Wrote political and cultural analyses surrounding African-American leaders and organizations.
(Magazine discontinued publication in 2000.)
Contributing Writer. The Washington City Paper, 1996 through 1998. Wrote feature articles and critical essays about city politics and culture; assisted with creation
of weekly storyboard; and screened potential freelance writers. Also served as Associate Editor from 1994 through 1997.
Senior Reporter. The Washington Times newspaper—Metropolitan Desk.1988 through 1994. Covered local government including Office of the Mayor, the D.C.
Council, and D.C. Board of Education. Also frequently wrote on housing, economic development, and issues involving social service delivery system.
Writer. Harambee, A Young People's Newspaper published by Just Us Books in Orange, New Jersey. 1991-1994. Wrote articles on African-American history and
politics for young people ages 12 through 16.
Assistant Managing Editor. Washington View Magazine. 1989 through 1991. Assisted with creation of storyboard for this monthly publication; assigned freelance
writers and edited articles submitted by them. Occasionally wrote feature articles on national personalities.
National Editor. The Washington Afro-American. 1984-1988. Supervised six staff writers along with other freelance writers and photographers; created storyboard
for weekly edition; assigned reporters, edited articles, and supervised production of paper from layout to printing. Also wrote weekly column—“PANORAMA”—
for local edition of the paper, which offered political and social commentary about life in the nation’s capital.
Regional Editor. The American Vision Magazine.1984 through 1989. Developed storyboard for the regional section of this four-color national monthly publication;
assigned freelance writers and photographers, edited articles and coordinated with graphic artist and art director layout of the section.
Consultant. 1980-1985. Served as media, public relations, arts management, and program design consultant for various organizations and government agencies
in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Clients included (partial listing): the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Children and Youth Programs, the African-American
Museum Association, the D.C. Commission on the Arts, Charlin Jazz Society, and the Association of American Cultures, Inc.
Program Manager. Arts D.C. 1978 through 1980. CETA arts program funded in part by District of Columbia and federal governments. Recruited arts organizations to
serve as work sites for artists enrolled in the program; designed and implemented media campaign to promote the program; supervised staff of six responsible
for publications including a monthly newsletter.
Community Organizer. 1969 through 1978. Trained in Saul Alinksy form of community organizing, which emphasizes block club structure and confrontational
approach. Organized in a variety of cities including: Jackson, Ms., San Francisco, CA., Roxbury, Mass., Providence, RI., Paterson, NJ., Prince George’s County, MD. and
the District of Columbia (Far Northeast Section). Specialties: housing, municipal services, and education.
Books/ Anthologies (partial listing)
Bridges: Reuniting Daughters and Daddies. Bancroft Press. Baltimore, Md. June 2005.
Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl: The Impact of Fatherlessness on African-American Women. One World Ballantine, New York, New York. May 2000;
The Last of the Black Emperors: The Hollow Comeback of Marion Barry in the New Age of Black Leaders. Bancroft Press. Baltimore, Md. 1998.
The Corner Is No Place for Hiding. Bunny and the Crocodile Press. West Va. 1996.
Dawn. Charisma Production. Washington, D.C. 1976.
Amazing Graces. ed. Richard Peabody.Paycock Press. Arlington, Va. 2012 “Martyna”
Full Moon on K Street: Poems about Washington, D.C. ed. Kim Roberts. Plan B Press 2010. “There’s Been a Killing in the Neighborhood”
It’s All Love: Black Writers on Soul Mates, Family and Friends. ed. Marita Golden. Broadway Books . New York, NY. 2009. “Wilhelmina”
The Men We Cherish. ed. Brooke Stephens. “Same Coin” Doubleday. New York, NY. 1997.
An Ear to the Ground: Presenting Writers from 2 Coasts, edited by Scott C. Davis. Washington. 1997.
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry. (four poems in collection) ed. Charlotte Watson Sherman. HarperPerennial. New York, NY. 1994.
In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African-American Poetry. ed. E.Ethelbert Miller. Stewart, Tabori & Chang. New York, NY. 1994.
The Hill Rag. Anita Bonds: DC renters’ Gladiator. Nov. 7, 2016. A variety of other articles from 2013 through the present.
Washington City Paper. How the African American Museum’s Founding Director Navigated the Pressure. Sept. 15, 2016
Washington City Paper. Price of Admission: Howard has admitted its troubled. Can it thrive again. March 25, 2016
Washington City Paper. School House: More African Americans are Home Schooling. March 13, 2015
Washington City Paper. Cover Story. In Defense of Unequal Funding: Charter school activists say they deserve more money from cash-strapped D.C. Why
Taxpayers should say no.” Feb.25-Marc 3, 2011
Washington City Paper. Cover Story. “Charm School: D.C. schools are getting whiter-thanks in part of Michelle Rhee’s wooing.” Aug 27-Sept. 2, 2010
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. “Why We Should Get Rid of the NAACP” April 19, 2009
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. “What Obama Means for Black America.” November 9, 2008
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. “He’s Preaching to the Choir I Left.” March 23,2008
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. “We Are Our Own Worst Imuses” April 15, 2007.
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. “The Era That Isn’t Ending.” 2005.
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. The D.C. Council, Bulking Up.” December 26, 2004.
Washington City Paper. “The Mechanic: While Mayor Anthony A. Williams is busy making speeches and cutting ribbons, Robert Bobb is busy making District
government work.” March 25-31, 2005.
Washington City Paper. “Smooth Operator: Kerry Pearson has spent the past decade advancing the careers of D.C. Politicians. Now they’re returning the favor.”
October 8-14, 2004.
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. “The Forgotten? Things don’t look so bad in Ward 8, but that isn’t what many voters think.” September 26, 2004.
The Washington Post. Close to Home Section. “Ripe for Another Rip-Off. August 15, 2004
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. “United We Stood, But Divisions Now Show.” June 27, 2004.
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. “Nice Try, Reverend, But We’re Past That Brand of Politics.” February 22, 2004.
The Washington Post. Op-ed page. “Life Without Father.” December 25, 2003.
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. “Is This Mayor Ready to Take Over D.C. Schools?” November 16, 2003.
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. “So Far, The Mayor’s Been A Bust” June 15, 2003.
Blueprint. Article: “Shifting Ground.” April 15, 2003.
Blueprint. Guest column. November 2002.
The Washington Post. Op-ed. “Willie Wilson and Friends” September 4, 2002.
The Washington Post. Outlook/editorial. “Hey D.C., It’s Not a Black and White Issue” August 11, 2002.
The Washington Post. Op-ed. “Letter from Washington, D.C.” December 3, 2001.
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. “Many Blacks Have Doubts About the
War. Here’s Why” October 2001.
Washington City Paper. Loose Lips Column. Weekly political analysis. November 2000 through August 2001.
Washington City Paper. “As Good as It Gets.” Profile of local council candidate Sandra “Sandy Allen. August 2000.
TomPaine.Com (online magazine) October 1999. Racism in the Media. “It's Class Not Race.”
Washington City Paper. “Kindreds.” Profile of political family. March 1999.
Capital Style. January/February 1999. “Tony, Tony, Tony. Analysis of the District's mayor and his relationship to other ‘new black leaders.’”
Washington City Paper— “Kevin Can Wait.” Political profile and analysis of D.C. mayoral candidate. August 1998.
The American Enterprise. October/November 1998. "What Clinton's Year-long Rap on Race Left Out.”
Washington City Paper. “Soulsby On Ice.” Profile of troubled police chief. November 1997.
Washington City Paper—“Whatever Happened To Daddy’s Little Girl?” Personal essay. April 1997.
The New Democrat. November/December 1996. “From Symbolism to Substance.” An essay on new black leadership in the country.
Washingtonian. October 1996. Special issue—“Race Revisited” A reported article on Prince George’s Maryland’s new executive Wayne Curry and D.C. City
Administrator Michael Rogers as new black leaders.
The American Enterprise. September 1996. “Unions & Pols 1, Kids O.” Essay on how efforts to bring choice to poor parents in Washington, D.C. were squashed by
politics, unions, and the middle class.
The Washington Post. March 20, 1996. “Making a Mockery of the March.” Commentary on Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan and former NAACP Executive Director
the Rev. Benjamin Chavis.
The Washington Post. February 28, 1996. “Black History Month Gone Wrong.” Commentary on the misdirection of black history month.
Times Picayune. December 10, 1995. The Million-Man March. Personal Essay about how important the march was to both women and men.
The New Republic. October 23, 1995. “My Race, My Gender.” Commentary about O.J. Simpson Verdict.
The Washington Post. Outlook Section. October 13, 1995. Essay—“The Million Man March.”
Washington City Paper. “Ain’t Nothing But A He Thing.” Personal essay on the Million Man March. October 1995.
Washington City Paper. “The Strange World of David Clarke.” Political profile of the irascible chairman of the D.C. Council. September 1995.
Washington City Paper. “Players’ Lounge.” Profile of local watering hole for District of Columbia politicos and civic activists. June 1995.
Washingtonian. May 1995 (with Harry Jaffe). Report on Washington, D.C.'s Sports' Arena controversy.
Washington City Paper. “The Black Hole.” Essay on the crisis in black leadership. May 1995.
Washington City Paper. “Literary Lock Up.” Personal Essay critically analyzing victim memoirs written by African-Americans. October 1994.
Reading, Library of Congress, Poetry at Noon. March 23, 2010
Speaker, Women Making History. March 16, 2010. U.S. State Department special salute to women during Women’s History Month
Host, DC Politics with jonetta (Pacifica Network) WPFW- Every Thursday host political talk show that features local and national policymakers, politicians and
WB Channel. Host. The Inner Loop (formerly WB NOW!) Sunday Morning Television Public Affairs Program featuring interviews with political leaders, celebrities,
sports figures, and other important personalities from Washington, Maryland, and Virginia. January 2005 through 2009.
Keynote Speaker. Detroit HeadStart Services Fatherhood Conference. October 27, 2005. Detroit, Michigan.
Keynote Speaker. Women’s History Month Celebration. New Jersey City University. Jersey City, New. Jersey. March 29, 2005
Keynote Speaker. The Fatherhood Factor: A Conference for Engaging Men in the Lives of Children. Sponsored by the Michigan State Head Start Association, in
collaboration with the Michigan Family Independence Agency and the Michigan Fatherhood Coalition. March 3, 2005.
Commentary. National Public Radio, Morning Edition. “Bill Cosby is on the road to ruin.” June 12, 2004. (Other commentaries are aired each Thursday during
Keynote Speaker. National Head Start Institute on Father Involvement. Sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families, Head Start Bureau, U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. June 16, 2004.
Guest Analyst. This is America with Dennis Wholey. Topic: The State of Black America and the 50th Anniversary of Brown versus Board of Education. PBS.
June 2, 2004.
Moderator. National Public Policy Forum: A Town Hall Meeting: Crisis in Urban Education and the African-American Child. Sponsored by the National Forum of
Black Public Administrators. April 4, 2004.
Keynote Speaker. Fifth Annual New England Fathering Conference. March 3, 2004.
Keynote Speaker. Parents Anonymous of New Jersey 2003 Family Conference. November 7, 2003.
Keynote Speaker—City of St. Petersburg Weed and Seed Programs and African-American Mental Health Initiative Annual Conference on African-American
Mental Health. St. Petersburg, Florida. August 15-16, 2003.
Keynote Speaker—First Annual Dr. Maxi T. Collier Exceptional Black Fatherhood Luncheon sponsored by The African-American Male Leadership Institute.
Baltimore, Maryland. June 28, 2003.
Keynote Speaker—South Carolina Conference on Fathers & Families: Dads Make a Difference. Sponsored by The Sisters of Charity. February 27, 2003.
Speaker/Workshop Presenter—WVON Radio Women's' Retreat. Chicago, Illinois. March 22, 2003.
Keynote Speaker. 14th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in St. Louis, Missouri. Sponsored by the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's
Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. April 3, 2003.
Iyanla [Vanzant] Show. CBS TV. Guest Expert. Fatherlessness among girls and women and its impact. December 2001.
Evening Exchange. Howard University Television (WHUT TV) Guest Analyst. Several appearances in 2003, 2002, and 2001.
Idaho Board of Corrections. 9th National Workshop on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders. Keynote speaker. September 11, 2001.
Duke University. Guest lecturer. May 2001.
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee—How Fatherless Women Can Heal Themselves. March, 13-14 2001.
State Corrections Institutions of Pennsylvania—Cambridge Spring, Chester, Graterford, Camp Hill, and Muncy. December 2000 and March 2001.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Authors’ Series—Washington, D.C. January 2001.
Bootheel Healthy Start, Bootheel, Missouri. Keynote speaker. Black Male Responsibility Conference. April 2000.
The White House Chronicles. Howard University Television Station WHUT-TV. August 2000.
C-SPAN. August 2000. Center for The Book.
PBS. Spring 2000. This is America with Dennis Wholey.
CBS. Spring 2000. 60 Minutes. Interviewed as a political analyst for segment on D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, providing historical context relative to new
generation of black mayors.
Moderator. Panel on Minorities, Civil rights and the Law in the 21st Century at David Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. February 2000.
PBS. Feb. 1999; October 1998. This is America with Dennis Wholey.
Fox News. May 1998. Bill O'Reilly Show.
MSNBC. June 1998. Hardball with Chris Matthews.
C-SPAN. Book Notes. June 1998.
C-SPAN. Morning Show. Special on the District of Columbia. April 1997.
CNN-News. Interview on anniversary of the Million Man March, October 16, 1996.
NPR. Morning Edition. Interview on the anniversary of the Million Man March. October 1996.
Howard University, Washington, D.C. Guest Lecturer-Political Science Department—Topic: Contemporary African-American Leadership. 1995.
WAMU-FM Radio, Washington, D.C. Guest Analyst-Topic Race and Journalism October 1995.
National Public Radio. Commentary against efforts to ban exterior alcohol and smoking advertisements. June 1996; Commentary on African-Americans’
failure to support historically black colleges and universities. August 1996. Talk of the Nation. Guest political analyst. 1995.
Institute for Policy Studies (Instructor-SALSA Series). July 1995.
WDCU-FM Radio, Washington, D.C. (Guest Political Analyst) beginning 1990.
WRC-TV (NBC Affiliate Station)-Channel 4. “Reporters Notebook” and “Viewpoint.” Guest analyst. 1995.
Inductee: Hall of Fame, Society of Professional Journalist ProChapter DC
Honorary Doctor of Letters. 2008. Trinity University. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.
Founder/President. Esther Productions, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt cultural, educational, and social services organization dedicated to serving under-served
Listed- Top 50 Most Influential Journalists in Washington as selected by Washingtonian Magazine. March 2001.
Community Service Award, Covenant House Washington. December 1997.
Society of Professional Journalists. Award for Excellence in Journalism—“Three Subjective Articles on the Internal Politics of the Black Community.” 1996
Founder/Past President: The Institute for the Preservation and Study of African-American Writing, Inc. 1978.
National Multicultural Children's Literature Writing Institute Fellow. University of Wisconsin, Madison. 1991.
Trinity College, Washington, D.C. BA Communications. 1996.