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CNN reporter Chandelis Duster to talk at Robertson School Speaker Series

Dec 16, 2019

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Chandelis Duster

The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture is excited to announce Chandelis Duster, alumna and reporter for CNN Politics, as the speaker for its next Speaker Series event. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. in room 303 at James Branch Cabell Library. 

Duster is a politics reporter covering breaking news in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining CNN, Duster was a reporter at NBC News covering politics, pop culture, red carpet events, race, and breaking news. During her tenure at NBC, Duster worked with NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, The Today Show, Morning Joe, and numerous other shows. Additionally, she also wrote stories for and managed NBCBLK, a section of NBCNews.com that focuses on the black community.
 
Duster started her career with internships at Shoals Radio Group in Florence, Alabama, and Radio One in
Richmond, Virginia. Then she worked for Cox Media Group (now called Summit Media Group) radio
stations in Richmond, Virginia, working in promotions, production, hosting events, and voicing
commercials.
 
In 2018, Duster received a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalist
as an editor of a feature story on Jamaica's 'Barrel Children.’ She was also nominated for a 2018 Salute
to Excellence Award for editing a news story on Kenyan entrepreneurs in Africa's emerging ‘Silicon
Valley.’
 
Duster graduated from the VCU Robertson School (then the School of Mass Communications) with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a concentration in broadcast journalism. She then earned a master’s degree from
American University in journalism and public affairs and a concentration in broadcast. While at American
University, she was a resident assistant and teacher’s assistant for the POLITICO Journalism Institute.
She grew up in Florence, Alabama and is a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The Speaker Series event, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Robertson School professor Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz. Seating will be available on a first-come basis. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. In addition to street parking, nearby paid parking is available in VCU's Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks.