Rita Omokha | Columbia Journalism School

Rita Omokha

Adjunct Faculty

Rita Omokha is an award-winning Nigerian-American writer and journalist in New York City. Her writing on race and culture has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Elle, The Daily Beast, Glamour, Teen Vogue, USA TODAY, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post and WIRED. Her reporting has also been featured on major networks such as CNN. Omokha’s enterprise projects include Elle’s "America Redefined" and Vanity Fair’s "They Were Sons," which examine race in America and police violence against communities of color.

Rita received an M.S. from Columbia Journalism School, where she graduated at the top of the 2020 class, receiving some of the institution's highest awards, including the Pulitzer Prizes’ Traveling Fellowship, the Lynton Foundation Award in Book Writing and the Bill Campbell Award. During her time at the Journalism School, she served as co-president of the African Student Association, which spotlighted the intersection of journalism, press freedom and the African diaspora. Omokha previously worked in digital media for CNN, NBC and Viacom and served in AmeriCorps in 2013.