Harvard’s student newspaper just elected the first black woman president in its 145-year history

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Kristine E. Guillaume will run the Harvard Crimson next year as the venerable university newspaper’s first black female president.

Guillaume, a junior focusing on African-American studies along with history and literature, has served as one of the paper’s central administration reporters, during which time she covered Harvard’s presidential search and interviewed two university presidents.

Founded in 1873, the Crimson bills itself as the nation’s oldest continuously published daily college newspaper. Past Crimson editors include Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy and many leading journalists, among them CNN President Jeff Zucker.

Guillaume grew up in Queens, New York, where she attended Townsend Harris High School. She is one of three chairs of the Crimson’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, which this year has focused on recruiting editors from marginalized backgrounds. (read more)

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