Thandisizwe Chimurenga is an award-winning, freelance journalist based in Los Angeles, CA. She has written for the Los Angeles Watts Times, the Los Angeles Sentinel and the Los Angeles Wave newspapers; the Final Call; Black Agenda Report; Ebony; Truth-Out and CounterPunch, and she is a former radio reporter for the KPFK Evening News (Pacifica-Los Angeles) and Free Speech Radio News (FSRN). A creator or co-creator of independent, grassroots media (newspapers, cable tv, radio) for over 20 years, her activism has ranged from electoral organizing; anti-police terror work; freedom for political prisoners and prisoners of war; to organizing against violence against women.
“No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant,” released in February 2014, is her first book.
She is a contributor to Fertile Ground: Memories and Visions (Runagate Press, 1996); UCLA’s Amerasia Journal in tribute to Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama (Vol. 40, No. 3, 2014); Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence (CounterPunch Books, 2014) and the forthcoming Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Collected Essays /Stories on the Racialization of Murder (2015).
Chimurenga is also a bi-monthly commentator for Hard Knock Radio, a daily public affairs show for the Hip-Hop generation heard in Berkeley, CA (KPFA); Bellevue, WA (KBCS); Portland, OR (KBOO); Seattle, WA (Radio X); East Orland, ME (WERU); Decorah, IA (KPVL); Peoria, IL (WAZU); and Atlanta, GA (WRFG).
“Image Award for Achievement in Nia – Purpose” (Los Angeles Afrikan Firefighters In Benevolent Association, 15th Annual Unity Celebration, 2014)
“Nekhbet Award” (Los Angeles Holocaust Committee, 23rd Annual Commemoration/Awards Ceremony, 2014)
“Champion of National News Reporting” (San Francisco BayView Newspaper/Block Report Radio, 2014 Black Media Appreciation Awards)
“Outstanding Reporting on Health and Health Care” (Runner-Up, New America Media, 2013 Ethnic Media Awards)
“Grassroots Media Advocate/Mawina Kouyate Daughters of Africa Award” (All African Women’s Revolutionary Union, 2010)
“Pioneer for African Unity and Victory/Unity Builder” (African Community Centers for Unity and Self-Determination, 2009)
University of Southern California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship (2013)
Gerontological Society of America and New America Media (Aging, 2012)
Finalist, Soros Media Justice Fellowship (2012)
New America Media (Education, 2010 and Environmental Health, 2011)
George Washington Williams Center for Independent Reporting (Open Internet, 2010)