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Ann-Marie Adams is an award-winning investigative journalist and historian. She is the founder of The Hartford Guardian, a civic-minded news publication in print and online.


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Adams was an honors student who studied English and Journalism at Brooklyn College's Honors Program. She became the first black editor-in-chief of The Kingsman after serving as the news editor of the Excelsior. While still at Brooklyn College, she began working at the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, New York. She has also worked for NBC4 New York, People magazine,, the Washington Post, Bridgeport Post and the Jamaica Gleaner.

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After graduating from Brooklyn College in 1999, Adams moved back to her home state, Connecticut, working briefly at The Norwich Bulletin before accepting a position with The Hartford Courant.She has been covering government, education and politics since 1999.

She has taught Journalism at Howard University and Quinnipiac University. Additionally, she teachers U.S. History at Rutgers University.


While at The Courant, Adams became the youngest president of the Connecticut Association of Black Communicators(CABC), a chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Adams is also the founder of the National Association of Caribbean-American Journalists (NACAJ). She was a board member of the John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center, and the Black Fashion Museum's Harlem Fashion Week.


As president of CABC, Adams spoke out about the paucity of minority journalists in the media. In June 2001, she was featured in an American Journalism Review article about the declining number of minority journalists in Connecticut.

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After her departure at The Courant, Adams went on to work with other media organizations both nationally and internationally, namely: People magazine, Fox News, and News 12CT and The Jamaica Gleaner. She has had assignments in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Jordan, Ethiopia, Ghana Nigeria, and Mexico.

A 15-year veteran in the field, she writes about politics, government, travel, education and other social issues.


She has also received several local and national awards, including the International Center for Journalists’ Finance Reporting Award, and the 2001 Lincoln University's first-place award for best education reporting among national publications. She has also received numerous fellowships, including the Investigative Reporters and Editors Computer Assisted Reporting Bootcamp, Poynter Reporting and Editing Fellowship, Hechinger Institute for Education Reporting at Columbia Teacher’s College, Education Writers Association, Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families, International Center for Journalists, Vanderbilt University’s Editorial Program at the John Seigenthaler Center, and the University of California-Berkeley Knight Digital Media Center. She was a 2003 graduate of Leadership Greater Hartford a 2004 Independent Press Association George Washington Williams Reporting Fellow and a recipient of Hartford Business Journal's 2006 Forty Under Forty Award.

She has appeared on television and radio in local, national, and international markets, namely C-SPAN,CNN, Fox News CT, The Hartford Courant, Florida Sun Sentinel, Redding News, WABC 7 in Washington, D.C. ,, The, Washington Post, BBCLive5 in London, BBC World News, the Jamaica Gleaner, the Jamaica Observer, Caribbean Net News, CaribNation TV, the Von Martin Radio Show, WHUR,, Christian Science Monitor, 93.7 FM, CBS Radio; NPR-WESU Radio, American Journalism Review and Face the State, WFSB Channel 3.

2018 U.S. Senate election

In 2017, Adams announced her intention to challenge Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy in the 2018 Democratic primary.


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