Who's that girl?

Jeannine Amber


For almost two decades, award-winning journalist Jeannine Amber has delivered insigthful cultural reporting, cutting-edge investigative features and provocative stories about sex and relationships to her many readers. From profiles of celebrated figures in music and film to dispatches from the streets of America's most troubled cities and communities around the world, Jeannine consistently produces the exciting stories magazine audiences crave.


The daughter of Phyllis, an English teacher, and renowned Canadian television news producer Arnold Amber, Jeannine was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where her father worked as a correspondent for Reuters news agency. Jeannine lived briefly in London, England, before moving with her family to Toronto, Canada, where she began her career in radio and print.


In 1992, Jeannine moved to New York to attend Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. After graduating, she quickly made a name for herself freelancing at The Village Voice, Essence, Vibe, Mademoiselle, Glamour and other publications. Jeannine went on to hold senior editor positions at both The Village Voice and Vibe.


In 2001, after writing features about everything from undocumented students in the New York City public school system to racism in Hollywood, Jeannine became a mother. Never one to miss a deadline, she gave birth on a Saturday afternoon and turned in a story to her editor first thing Monday morning. In the following years, Jeannine freelanced as a sex columnist for BET online and as a feature writer for various national magazines. In 2005, she joined the staff of Essence magazine as the publication's Senior Writer. Over the years, she has also edited award-winning feature stories for the magazine.


Jeannine is the recipient of numerous journalism awards. In 2006, she was awarded first place by the New York Association of Black Journalists for her international series, "Stolen Childhood," about AIDS orphans and child soldiers in Northern Uganda. She also recieved first place for cultural reporting for her story "Dirty Dancing," about the exploitation of women in music videos. Jeannine has also received six National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Awards, including two awards for her investigative series on domestic sex trafficking and an international reporting award for her feature on child brides in Niger.


In 2009, Jeannine won a Henry Luce Award for Public Service for her feature story, "Number One with a Bullet," about a Philadelphia family grieving their murdered son in the nation's homicide capital. The following year, Jeannine was a Henry Luce finalist for "Trouble in Paradise," which explored homophobia in Jamaica. "Trouble in Paradise" was also nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. In 2012, she won both a Henry R. Luce Award and a Front Page Award for her story "The Danger Outside" about the killing of Trayvon Martin. (For a full list of Jeannine's awards, visit this site's "Awards" page.)


When not writing, Jeannine speaks publicly about the craft of journalism and the subjects of her articles.



photo by andrew beeton