We are proud to announce that our Founding Editor, Ryan Sorrell, is being awarded a grant by the Abolitionist Teaching Network.

Ryan Sorrell, the Founder of the Kansas City Defender remarked on the grant, “I cannot imagine a more inspiring organization to be recognized by. This is truly an honor and we look forward to continuing the tradition of radical Black Media as we return to publishing in the coming weeks.”

Each year, the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN) awards grants to those who strive to disrupt inequalities and injustice within their schools, communities, or both. The Defender’s viral investigative reporting took the city by storm last year, reaching over 2 million people and breaking multiple stories on racism in Kansas City schools.

The Kansas City Defender is a startup Black-owned news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through unapologetic, truth-telling. We have sharp and in-depth analysis on race, policing, housing, the environment, technology, local media propaganda and more. We are currently volunteer-based and depend on reader support to operate.

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Founding Editor of The Kansas City Defender, Ryan Sorrell, Awarded Grant by Abolitionist Teaching Network