Lateshia Beachum is a reporting fellow for the Center for Public Integrity’s Economic Injustice and No Way Up projects. She has covered community news for Syracuse, New York’s The Post-Standard, billionaires for Forbes magazine and health science and politics for The Washington Post. Lateshia earned a master’s degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia College in her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.
Now all eyes will be on Merkley – and other Democratic senators who profess that “Black lives mater” and that police need to be held accountable – to see whether they vote to confirm this tainted mayor and elevate him to a prestigious ambassadorship.