New Member: Jeneé Darden

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and mental health advocate. She is a proud native of Oakland, Calif. and grew up in a diverse community with people from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Indigenous cultures and the Southern United States. That community gave her a deep appreciation for the beauty of culture.
Jeneé is the host and executive producer of KALW’s award-winning podcast Sights & Sounds, where she interviews Bay Area artists and celebrities. Sights & Sounds also keeps listeners up on things to do in the local art and culture scene. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony, Refinery29, Shondaland, Thrillist and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine’s Europe edition. Jeneé is the author of When a Purple Rose Blooms (Nomadic Press), a collection of essays and poetry about her personal journey through Black womanhood. Watch her documentary short Where is East Oakland. Jeneé holds a BA in ethnic studies from UC San Diego and a master’s in journalism from the University of Southern California.
When her mic is off and her pen is down, Jeneé loves going to the beach, dancing, reading, watching superhero films and “Star Trek,” and of course traveling.  Learn more about her at


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4 Responses

  1. Hi Jenee!
    welcome, and hope to meet you soon in person. Your interests and skills are a great addition to BATW — and to new perspectives in travel writing.
    – from a lifelong pal of ODO.,
    Judith Horstman

    1. Hi Judith!
      Thank you for the kind welcome. I’m excited to be a part of BATW. I appreciate your Deep Space Nine reference 🖖🏾 and I look forward to meeting you and the other members.