Deborah Douglas Chicago-based journalist and professor of journalism

Deborah Douglas is a journalism professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Chicago correspondent for Most recently, she was a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a member of the Sun-Times editorial board. Douglas’ columns address a variety of political, social and entertainment phenomena. Her daring, culturally relevant essays have included a defense of Don Imus, Clarence Thomas and even Sarah Palin, in addition to the politics of nappy hair, reparations and the hypocrisy of anti-Muslim sentiment. Her boldness has led to regular media appearances, including CNN. She’s studied malaria in Tanzania, history in Senegal and, um, shopping in the South of France.