Newsroom now majority female, sees gains in staff diversity

From top left, USA TODAY's Caren Bohan, managing editor politics and world; Nicole Carroll, editor in chief; Kristen DelGuzzi, opinion editor; Kristen Go, executive editor for news and initiatives; Michelle Maltais, managing editor for consumer, tech and travel; Patty Michalski, executive editor for audience; Holly Moore, network planning editor; Roxanna Scott,  managing editor for sports; Laura Trujillo, managing editor for life and entertainment; and Maribel Perez Wadsworth, publisher of USA TODAY and president of news for the USA TODAY Network.

I'm USA TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll, and this is The Backstory, insights into our biggest stories of the week. If you'd like to get The Backstory in your inbox every week, sign up here.

Women now make up the majority of the newsroom at USA TODAY. 

In our latest survey on staff diversity, released today, women were 51.7% of all journalists. We also made strides in the percentage of Black (13.6%), Hispanic (10.1%) and Asian American (7%) journalists. Overall, the newsroom was 34% journalists of color.

We compare ourselves to 2019 U.S. Census Bureau data, the most recent available at the time of our survey, in which the population was 12.5% Black, 18.5% Hispanic and 5.8% Asian American. Overall, the nation was 39.9% people of color.

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