Alicia Montgomery is the Supervising Senior Producer of Code Switch, and has been the lead editor of the Michel Martin: Going There live event series. She also part of leadership team of NPR's Sourcing Diversity effort. At Code Switch, Montgomery has been recognized with an award from the National Association of Black Journalists for radio editing, and edited a digital story that earned the Native American Journalist Association award for Best Editorial.
Montgomery was one of the editorial and production leaders throughout the seven-year run of Tell Me More with Michel Martin. In that capacity, she edited Michel Martin's Murrow Award-winning essay series, Can I Just Tell You, and curated many of the conversations that led to Martin's 2012 NLGJA Randy Shilts Award for LGBT Coverage.
She spent two years reporting for Salon.com, covering the 2000 presidential race and its aftermath. There, Montgomery created Trail Mix, one of the first daily political blogs. She has been published in The New York Times Magazine, and the NAACP periodical The Crisis.
In an interview with NPR, Obama answers critics among people of color who say that, despite their overwhelming support at the ballot box, he hasn't delivered enough results for their communities.
Bill Clinton was right in saying that some African-Americans supported the 1994 crime bill. It was part of the response to the crack epidemic that devastated many black communities in the 1980s.
In this final year of the Obama administration, Code Switch will investigate "The Obama Effect" on identity and culture.