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WHO IS DANIELLE BELTON?
Born and raised St. Louis, Mo. on a healthy diet of news programming, pop culture, black history and “snark,” Danielle C. Belton – daughter of loving “regular folk” and wife of no one – examines the irreverent side of American life.
Currently the Editor-in-Chief of the leading black interest news site, The Root, Belton is best known as the former creator and writer of the award-winning pop culture-meets-politics blog The Black Snob. Since being promoted to lead The Root in 2016, the award-winning site’s traffic has grown month-over-month by more than 300 percent, now reaching around 10-to-12 million readers per month.
Before joining The Root, Belton was Editor-At-Large for black women’s news site Clutch Magazine Online, and was among the first black women to lead a writer’s room in late-night as head writer for BET Networks’ NAACP Image Award-nominated talk show, Don’t Sleep, featuring former-CNN news anchor T.J. Holmes.
As a journalist, Belton has written for: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Essence Magazine, The Guardian, The American Prospect and many others. Earlier in her career, Belton was a blogger and online campaign manager for non-profits New Security Action/Win Without War and was an entertainment reporter and columnist for The Bakersfield Californian.
Belton’s work has earned critical acclaim, receiving mentions in Time Magazine, The Observer (UK), The Associated Press and many others. As a political observer and cultural critic, she has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, Good Morning America, ABC’s Nightline, TV One and Al Jazeera English. As a commentator, Belton was a regular contributor to NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin, PBS’ To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe and CNN Sundays with Fredericka Whitfield. Before that, she was a regular roundtable contributor on NPR’s News and Notes with Farai Chideya.
A sought-after public speaker, Belton gave a lecture at Davidson College on race in journalism (2019), and was the keynote speaker for the Women’s March in Roanoke, Va. (2018) and for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Baltimore Chapter’s Torchbearer’s Breakfast (2013). She was also a featured speaker and panelist during Yale University’s Black Solidarity Conference (2012) and Duke University’s “Race in Space” Conference (2013). She spoke at the National Association of Black Journalists’ annual conference in Philadelphia (2011); Essence Magazine’s Women’s Conference in New York (2010); and both Harvard University’s Black Policy Conference and Howard University’s School of Communications Job Fair (2009).
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Winner of several accolades, Belton is being honored in May 2019 with the Rita Henley Jensen Award by Women’s eNews. She was also named among the top 40 black stars in media by Rolling Out Magazine in 2016. Before that, in 2012, Belton was listed among political web site Politic365’s “Game Changers” honorees, and Belton was also honored in 2012 by the site BlogHer for their “Voices of the Year” award for her post on the Trayvon Martin murder case.
In 2011, Belton was named one of Black Enterprise’s “Leaders of the New School,” for movers and shakers under 35, acknowledged for her blogging work. In 2010, she was named among Clutch Magazine’s Top Tastemakers, coming in at number nine out of 50. Belton’s former web site has won Black Weblog Awards for Best Political Blog (2010 & 2011), Best Writing in a Blog (2008 and 2009) and Best Blog Series (2008).
An advocate for mental illness, Belton wrote about Bipolar Disorder for BP Magazine’s online site. She also penned her own profile on her struggle with the disorder in BP Magazine summer 2011 and for the January 2012 edition of Essence Magazine.
In addition, Belton’s awards include:
2019 Rita Henley Jensen Award for Excellence in Journalism
2016 Black 40 Under 40, Rolling Out
2013 25 Women to Know, Hello Beautiful
2012 “Talk Series,” NAACP Image Award nominee, BET’s “Don’t Sleep”
2012 Game Changer, Politic365
2012 Voices of the Year, BlogHer
2011 Best Political/News Blog, Black Weblog Awards,
2011 Leaders of the New School, Black Enterprise Online
2011 Blogger to Watch, TheRoot.com
2010 Blogger to Watch, TheRoot.com
2010 Tastemaker, Clutch Magazine
2010 Best Political Blog, Black Weblog Awards
2009 Best Writing In A Blog, Black Weblog Awards
2008 Best Writing In A Blog, Black Weblog Awards
2008 Best Blog Post or Blog Post Series, Black Weblog Awards 2008 Best New Political Blog 2007 BlackPoliticsOnTheWeb.com 2008 Best Political Blog, BlackPoliticsOnTheWeb.com
2004 Critical Review, Kern Press Club Award of Excellence
Belton currently lives in New York City.