Brandon Tensley is a national political writer at CNN, where he covers the intersection of culture and politics. He was previously the associate editor at New America, a co-host of Slate‘s Outward podcast, and a contributing writer at Pacific Standard magazine.
Prior to joining New America, Tensley was the advocacy and communications associate for the Poverty Program at the Center for American Progress. He was a 2015-16 Luce Scholar in Thailand, a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholar in Germany, and a 2012 HIA Fellow in Denmark. His work has been widely published, including in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Slate, Time, and The Washington Post, among others. Tensley holds a master’s degree in politics from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in German studies and political science from Furman University.
Updated January 2021
More from Brandon Tensley
How Warnock and Ossoff's victories evoked the history of the Black freedom struggle
Senior Fellow Brandon Tensley, National Political Writer for CNN Politics, analyzed the runoff elections in Georgia. He reflected on the ways in which Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff's victories are linked the the broader and ongoing Black freedom struggle in the United States.
A Landmark LGBTQ Supreme Court Decision
Senior Fellow and CNN Culture and Politics writer Brandon Tensley joined the news organization's The Daily DC podcast to discuss the Supreme Court of the United States' recent landmark ruling to extend civil rights protections to LGBTQ workers.
Inequality is a stain everywhere, even in sports
Senior Fellow Brandon Tensley interviews Howard Bryant, a senior writer at ESPN, analyzing how inequality in sports permeates everyday life.
The pain of losing civil rights icons in the Trump era
Senior Fellow Brandon Tensley reflects on the impact of losing civil rights leaders during the Trump administration in an article for CNN.
The enduring power of aging white men in the Democratic Party
In a column penned for CNN, Senior Fellow Brandon Tensley comments on the "enduring power of aging white men" and the Democratic Party's struggle to reflect its diverse voting base in leadership positions.
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