Hi, I'm Daja.

I am a journalist based in the South. My award-winning work has centered equity across beats, including health, the environment and education.

Recent Articles

Fighting Industrial Development and Defending Black History in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”

WALLACE, La.— There are only a handful of homes situated on Alexis Court, but there are a whole lot of memories. At one end of the short street, facing the Mississippi River, is Fee-Fo-Lay Café, run by twin sisters Jo and Joy Banner. The Fifolet, according to local lore, is a spirit that haunts the swamps and guards the treasures of pirate Jean Lafitte. Growing up, the Banner sisters heard a variation of the myth from their grandmother, and the café bears its name as an homage to their grandpare

A little bit about me.

Daja E. Henry is a journalist based in Jackson, Mississippi. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. Daja holds degrees in journalism from Howard University and Arizona State University. Her work has taken her throughout the U.S., Europe and Latin America. She currently works as a Frances Ellen Watkins Harper editorial fellow at The 19th. In her free time, she enjoys researching her family history and curates a Boosktagram account @bookinonabudget.