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April Ryan has covered the news for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that she became part of it. April has been White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks for 20 years, covering the Clinton, Bush, Obama and now Trump administrations, and she contributes to CNN as a political analyst. You might know April from one of her notable interactions this year, which include an exchange with President Donald J. Trump in which he asked her whether the Congressional Black Caucus were her "friends" and whether she could set up a meeting with them, and also an exchange with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in which he told April to “stop shaking” her head as he answered a question from her. That exchange with Spicer, along with comments Bill O’Reilly made about Rep. Maxine Waters’ hair, helped fuel a #BlackWomenAtWork hashtag on Twitter and in part thrust April into the spotlight. April has written two books, “The Presidency in Black and White: My Up‑Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America” and “At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White,” and she was named 2017 journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists. She talked about specialty media, how the national conversation around race has evolved and whether her role has changed in covering Trump’s administration.
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