photo by Sharon Bicks


Emily Yellin is a reporter, author and producer, who is currently leading a multimedia journalism project called, Striking Voices, centered around in-depth video interviews with some of the Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968, and their wives, sons and daughters.

She and the Striking Voices team have produced a series of video stories, based on those interviews, in partnership with TheRoot.com, where the videos will roll out during the first four months of 2018, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Memphis sanitation strike.

Emily is a longtime contributor to The New York Times, mostly writing about the South, race and women’s issues. She has also written for TimeThe Washington PostThe International Herald TribuneNewsweekSmithsonian Magazine, and other publications. She is the author of two books: Your Call Is (Not That) Important to Us (Simon & Schuster, 2009) and Our Mothers’ War (Simon & Schuster 2004).

Born in White Plains, New York, Emily grew up in Memphis. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in English literature, and received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She has lived in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London, but now lives in Memphis, with two very woke dogs named Layla and Gus.