A.V. Benford reports on education for CapRadio, Sacramento's NPR affiliate, and for The Sacramento Observer newspaper. A proud native of Chicago's South Side, Benford was a staff writer and web editor for the South Side Weekly before joining Report for America. In addition to journalism, this transdisciplinary multimedia artist is also known for her work as a poet, cultural critic, chef and photographer and says the work is rooted in text and its creative applications for social change. Benford is a National Slam Champion and alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also an alum of The Second City Outreach program, VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) and WOW Cafe Theatre. Benford's work has been honored by Chicago magazine, Circle of Voices, the Chicago Reader, the Fresh Fruit Festival and Young Chicago Authors, among others.
CapRadio is Sacramento’s NPR affiliate, serving metropolitan and rural communities in Northern California since 1979. A nonprofit, its mission is news and information public service that helps people make sense of issues and navigate their lives. The Sacramento Observer Newspaper has been publishing in the city and region since November 1962. The founding of the newspaper was born out of the need to address issues of importance to the African American community. The weekly newspaper has been named the nation’s best Black newspaper six times by the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
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