About Me

Nicquel Terry Ellis is an award-winning journalist who has worked in print, digital and television mediums for the last decade.

She currently serves at the senior writer for CNN's race/equality team.

Nicquel previously worked as the Atlanta-based national correspondent for USA TODAY. In this role, she covered race, equality and activism. She led much of the coverage of the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks and the protests that erupted across America. Nicquel also covered voting rights, abortion laws and the national debate over Confederate monuments.

Before joining USA TODAY, Nicquel spent six years working in local news at the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey and The Detroit News. She also served as a freelance anchor for Me-TV in the New York/New Jersey region.

Nicquel has appeared as a guest on national networks such as NPR, Cheddar and the Black News Network. She regularly speaks on panels for organizations such as the Atlanta Press Club, ColorComm and the National Association of Black Journalists.

In 2019, Nicquel won the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence award for “Best Single Story” for her piece Residents Around Detroit’s ‘Red Zone’ Want Better for Community published in The Detroit News. A Saginaw, MI native, Nicquel has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

Nicquel is an active member of NABJ and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.