Jesse J. Holland is the Race, Ethnicity & Demographics reporter for The Associated Press, and responsible for coverage and analysis of this nation's minority and ethnic groups for the world's largest news organization. He is also the author of the new book, The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves In the White House.


A former Supreme Court, White House and Congressional reporter, Jesse has been named one of 100 Most Influential African Americans and is the youngest person on the University of Mississippi’s Top 50 Journalism Graduates. He will serve as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ethics in Journalism at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2016.


Jesse is also the author of 2007's Black Men Built The Capitol: Discovering African American History In and Around Washington, D.C. and the upcoming Star Wars young adult book, Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Finn’s Story.


He hails from Holly Springs, Mississippi and lives in Bowie, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in journalism and English, and received his Master’s in Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.