An emerging on-air personality, Imara Jones is the economics contributor to Colorlines Magazine.
Through the prism of race, culture, gender and sexual orientation his commentary probes economic concerns to separate right and wrong in ways not tackled by traditional media.
Imara, a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, received an undergraduate degree in political science and history from Columbia University and a master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.
His wide-ranging perspective has helped land him as a frequent guest on television and radio programs, including MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris Perry Show, Huffington Post Live, Al Jazeera America’s Inside Story, PBS’ Democracy Now!, CurrentTV’s Viewpoint, The Takeaway— a program of The New York Times and WNYC Public Radio, and Radio France.
Additionally his work has been featured in print and online in the UK’s The Guardian newspaper, BBC, Salon, and The Washington Post Company’s The Root.
Imara blends his credentials with rich life experiences inspired by an array of the world’s cultures. He is an avid art collector and has traveled to almost two-dozen countries on every continent except Australia and Antarctic. Fluent in Portuguese, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil is Imara’s second home.
Imara was also the creator and co-host of caffeinetv, an online television show designed to further propel a cutting edge discourse on current day topics and issues.
Prior to his work on caffeinetv, Imara held posts at Viacom where his work on the firm’s Know HIV/AIDS campaign garnered two EMMY Awards and a Peabody. Prior to joining Viacom, Imara served in the Clinton Administration where he held junior posts in international economic policy.
In addition to being a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, Imara was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Follow Imara on Twitter @imarajones.