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About the Washington Informer

The Washington Informer Newspaper Co. Inc. was founded in 1964, and continues to serve metropolitan Washington DC. We are now reaching over 50,000 readers each week through our award winning newspaper print edition; a weekly average of 35,000 unique visitors to our award winning website; 7,500 weekly subscribers to our weekly email newsletter, along with Followers and Fans on social media.

Now published by Denise Rolark Barnes, The Washington Informer Newspaper Co. Inc. is a multimedia organization founded on Oct. 16, 1964, by Dr. Calvin Rolark, in order to highlight positive images of African Americans. We continue to only do positive news, as we strive to EDUCATE, EMPOWER, and INFORM. We serve metropolitan Washington D.C., and are now reaching over 50,000 readers each week through our award-winning newspaper print edition; a weekly average of 50,000 sessions through our award-winning website; 7,500 weekly subscribers through our weekly email newsletter, and growing numbers through our social media. We are also the sponsors of the annual Washington Informer Spelling Bee.

Our Team

Denise Rolark Barnes
CEO / Publisher
Denise Rolark-Barnes took over as publisher of The Washington Informer in 1994. Rolark-Barnes also served as the director of The Washington Informer Charities and is the executive producer of “The Washington Informer News,” a bi-weekly television news program.
D. Kevin McNeir

Dominic Kevin McNeir is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of service for the Black Press (NNPA). Prior to moving East to assist his aging parents in their struggles with Alzheimer’s, the native Detroiter engineered the transformation of The Miami Times resulting in its being named the NNPA’s “Publication of the Year” in 2011. The award counts as one of several dozen community service and industry-related awards he’s received in his career. He currently serves as senior editor for The Washington Informer. There, in nation’s capital, he displays a keen insight for developing front page news as it unfolds within the Greater Washington Area, capturing the crucial facts and facets of today’s ever-changing political arena, fast-paced business world and exciting sports and entertainment venues. The former elementary and high school teacher, and adjunct professor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, he has degrees from The University of Michigan, Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2020, he received First Place for Weekly Newspaper, Commentary & Criticism, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter. In 2021, SPJ recognized his work in the same category – this time selecting him as one of several finalists.

Learn more about him at www.dkevinmcneir.com, Facebook – Kevin McNeir, Twitter - @mcneirdk, LinkedIn – D. Kevin McNeir or email: mcneirdk@washingtoninformer.com.

Alma Gill
Advice Columnist
Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans more than 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington Post. Email questions to: alwaysaskalma@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and twitter @almaaskalma
Armstrong Williams
Opinion Columnist
Armstrong Williams is an American political commentator, entrepreneur, author of a nationally syndicated conservative newspaper column, and host of a daily radio show and a nationally syndicated TV program called The Right Side with Armstrong Williams. Williams was labeled by The Washington Post as "one of the most recognizable conservative voices in America."
Askia Muhammad
Opinion Columnist
WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.
Opinion Columnist, NNPA President and CEO
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is presently the CEO & President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the President of Education Online Services Corporation (EOServe Corp), the world’s leading provider of online higher education for Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America, as well as other academic institutions of higher learning throughout the world.
Bill Fletcher Jr.
Opinion Columnist
Bill Fletcher Jr has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO.
Charlene Crowell
Opinion Columnist
Charlene Crowell is the Communications Deputy Director for the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). Prior to joining CRL, Charlene was a registered public lobbyist in Arizona and in Michigan, advocating affordable housing and Smart Growth initiatives, and additionally served as press secretary to both a state attorney general and mayor. Early in her career she was a broadcaster in both television and radio, holding a variety of assignments.
Hamill R. Harris
Contributing Writer
Hamil Harris is an award-winning journalist who worked at the Washington Post from 1992 to 2016. During his tenure he wrote hundreds of stories about the people, government and faith communities in the Greater Washington Area. Hamil has chronicled the Million Man March, the Clinton White House, the September 11 attack, the sniper attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the campaign of President Barack Obama and many other people and events.
James Clingman
Opinion Columnist
James E. Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. His weekly syndicated newspaper column, Blackonomics, is featured in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. He has written seven books, five of which on Economic Empowerment, and has been the featured speaker for numerous organizations, schools, churches, and events across the United States.
Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Opinion Columnist
Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator who’s popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms.Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more.


  1. My name is Genevieve Knowles Ungar. I read the Washington Information and use information for research in the newspaper. I am writing a story about my life to share with family, friends, and professional organizations. I will be in contact with you later. I was always impressed with Dr. Rolark, he stated, “If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me.”

  2. White Systemic Racism is being taken off of pedestals and statues removed from public display; during this time a complete examination of building and street names need to be revamped as well. In Washington, D.C. at Judiciary Square, the Superior Court building named after KKK John Marshall, Jefferson Davis Highway in Virginia and the murderer Cecil Rhodes aka Rhode Island Avenue; both of these routes are alternatively named “Route One. There is also Indian Head Way in Maryland.

    Since infrastructure is planned under 45 removing racist names and symbols could be a national project for students and adults and a learning experience and employment across the nation. During this time when 45 has been instrumental in embolden to racism, removing and renaming discrimination and bigotry might unite the country. Along with education of geographical, cultural, social studies of the multiracial societies (including the first people) of in America.

    The injustice of institutional racism from the Vatican to the White House including cops, priests, attorneys and teachers. It is time to exhale.

  3. Ms. Rolark & co.: My name is Mark Rose and I’m a reporter for the Maryland Reporter. I have recently started covering Prince George’s Co. for the website/newsletter, and would like to be in contact with Washington Informer frequently, in large part because you know the Prince George’s area a lot better and for a lot longer than we do.
    We at Maryland Reporter focus on the state legislature in Annapolis and Prince George’s happenings that make their way there and what the delegation from PG brings legislatively to the county

    Right now I plan to do a story about the Hispanic community in Prince George’s emergence into mainstream politics, and am looking for any guidance in the way of stories and/or general info you could share with me to get me pointed the right direction.

    This is a part-time gig for me, but I’m taking it pretty seriously and enjoying it. Any help/guidance would be appreciated. Thanks.

  4. Please change the name of the Pastor for Salem Baptist Church, 917 N Street, NW, Washington, DC from Reverend Alonzo David Hart, Jr., to Reverend David McIntosh-Peters Thanks Irving W. Wilson, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Deacons

  5. Good Afternoon Washington Informer! We’d love to invite you to visit us & learn more about DMV NSBE, Jr (a youth chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers) our youth STEM non-profit happening at Howard University. We have full circle mentoring where our students are mentored by HU engineering & math majors and they are in turn mentored by Microsoft & Engineering Professionals in our organization. We hope to hear from someone soon!

  6. Hi Washington Informer Editors,
    I am a freelance journalist and graduate student at UMD’s Merrill College. I wrote a story about homelessness and COVID-19 in Washington, DC that I would love to get published– I believe I’ve written something unique, approaching the topic from a historical perspective… specifically addressing how systemic racism has created an intersectional crisis between homelessness and coronavirus for black individuals in DC.
    I would love to send along this article if you would like to take a look. Thank you so much for your time, and I hope to hear from you! 
    Thank you,
    Gracie Todd

  7. This title is one reason racism lices: “Black Woman May Have Discovered Cure to Coronavirus”. Why cant it just say “Woman may have discovered cure ti coronavirus “. Especially since her picture is shown.

  8. Where’s your listing of Black businesses or ads ? “Ads” should be in the Menu. I’m looking for a Black rug cleaning business.
    Ads are what support your business, no?

  9. Jacob Blake Shooting in Kenosha 08/23/2020

    He walks leisurely around the car to the drivers door, officers following, one with gun drawn and pointed at his back. As he opens the door the officer now grabs him by the shirt trying to prevent him from entering the vehicle. Up until this point he is no threat to the officers. As he leans into the vehicle the officer begins shooting, seven times in the back!

    Unlike other times when officers are panicked and have emptied their guns in the direction of Black persons holding cell phones or wallets mistakened for weapons and missed their target with the majority of shots, Officer Rusten Sheskey did not miss a shot!

    What happened? What was said? Was Blake drunk and did not know the officers were trying to get his attention?

    He is said to have acknowledged that he had a knife in the car. Was he going to get it and present it to the officers? Or was he walking around the car to get in it and leave? There were three officers there. Why didn’t they just grab him? Did one of the officers scream as he opened the driver’s side door, don’t let him get the knife!” Wouldn’t a single shot in the back of the leg have been enough to stop his progress?

    Is human life so despised that seven bullets were necessary to ensure that it was snuffed out? Or is it only Black lives that are so despised?

    Genesis 9:1-6 (NIV) 1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. 6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.

  10. Hello,
    Has you print edition taken a pause. I am not finding it in my SE DC travel path. The Digital edition is helpful but my husband is non-tech really prefers the printed version. Is there a way to subscribe and receive it weekly in our physical mail box. Thanks for all you do and share!

  11. An Open Letter to Members of The Senate:

    I want the Covid Relief bill to pass as it is written. I won’t personally benefit from it, outside of funds spent on vaccine disbursement, but the country NEEDS this.

    Our disgrace of a former President needs to be held accountable for his actions for the nation to heal and for the future of our democracy.

    So, please – do the right things. Even if you aren’t on the committee for either of the issues, you can make the will of your people known. This isn’t about party. It’s about the health and well-being of your constituents and about discouraging any future outgoing President from fomenting insurrection on their way out of the door.

    So, I’m begging you to do the job you were elected to do. Put the good of our nation, the good of the People above party politics and special interests.

    Show that there are one or two of you holding the public trust that personal political power and corruption do not hold sway over what is ethical and decent.

    Thank you.

    An Ordinary Citizen

  12. My name is Michelle Simmons. I am a life-long resident of Prince George’s County. I am looking for a journalist interested in reporting on the serious damage real estate agents and investors cause in the African-American communities when the knowingly hire unlicensed contractors to renovate homes. These agents, investors and contractors are working against the communities because their renovations are most often illegal because they are not code compliant based on State and County rules. The sad part is that a homeowner isn’t aware of these issues because they are hidden and not able to be seen from the home inspection. Further, once discovered, the new homeowner is on the hook for the repairs…at least in PG County. Real Estate Commission rulings are not consistent across the State. This in my mind is just another issues facing black and brown communities that is not being discussed. PG County delegates are silent about it although it affects so many houses and constituents in their jurisdictions. The State is going against their own laws to purposely hold their licensees accountable. We know that often times hiring a lawyer is not financially feasible due to the costs, but if they current laws were followed the average person could present a case before their Administrative Agency with a lawyer. When the lawyers working for the State licensee is “personal long-time friends” with the head of the Agency, you start to feel that you have no chance of winning against them. This is exactly what happened to me…and I believe so many others. The State of Maryland’s current legislation is very clear about hiring unlicensed contractors for home renovations…why then are they not holding their licensees to the ethical standards across the board? There is so much more to this issue. I really hope your newspaper will consider writing about it and bringing it to the attention of lawmakers and the community. Thank you.

  13. Washington Informer pick up boxes are no longer at these locations: Shaw Howard Metro on 7th St NW and Convention Center on 700 Mt. Vernon Ave. It is a inconvenience to seniors that live in both areas. Over the past year, I have picked up for seniors living throughout the Shaw neighborhood. For the past few weeks the boxes have not been in their usual locations, causing many seniors to get on the bus to find the papers in other locations during the most hot and humid days.

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