Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author and public speaker from Oakland, Calif. She hosts the arts segment “Sights & Sounds” for Bay Area public radio station KALW and is their East Oakland reporter. Jeneé has reported for NPR, “Marketplace,” The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery 29, KPCC and other outlets. In 2005, she helped cover the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Her first documentary short “Where is East Oakland” screened at the 2019 Oakland International Film Festival and won multiple awards. “When a Purple Rose Blooms” (Nomadic Press), is her debut collection of essays and poetry about her personal journey through Black womanhood. She is also published in the books “Previously on X-Men: The Making of an American Series,” “We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health” and “Patrice Lumumba: An Anthology of Writers on Black Liberation.” Jeneé holds a BA in ethnic studies from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in journalism from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.