Associate Opinion Editor,

Josiah R. Daniels (he/him) is the associate opinion editor at He is a native of the southwest suburbs of Chicago, but currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.

The first thing Josiah ever wrote was a devotion for his youth group when he was 13. And while that devotion was never published (this is for the best), it did solidify his love for writing. His writing centers around race, politics, and religion. His other interests, such as hard bop and avant-garde jazz, sci-fi, cults, and the Hebrew Bible, also appear in his writing. Josiah has written for Geez magazine, The Bias Magazine, Religion Dispatches, and Sojourners, which has been Josiah’s favorite magazine since his college days. NPR’s Weekend Edition interviewed him about a piece he wrote criticizing an ad campaign’s effort to rebrand Jesus.

Josiah lived on Chicago’s West Side for three years. There, his neighbors taught him the importance of integrating faith with direct action, a lesson that continues to influence him today.

When not reading, writing, or collaborating with authors, he is watching the Chicago Bulls, playing basketball, or taking full advantage of his PBS Passport membership. An atonal X user, he can be found @josiah_Rdaniels.

Posts By This Author

Wins and Losses: What Our Editors Are Reading

by Josiah R. Daniels 06-04-2021

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrates with Jae Crowder (99) as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) looks on in the first half during game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mark J. Rebilas/ USA TODAY Sports. Via Reuters.

More than usual this past week, I've needed small reminders about the possibility of justice. Why? Well, this week is the week of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Who Is The Real Monster? Reviewing Netflix’s ‘Monster’

by Josiah R. Daniels 05-07-2021

Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) in Monster on Netflix

Director Anthony Mandler's movie Monster, focuses in on a myriad of social issues — race, class, mass incarceration, crime, and the U.S. penal system — but it also is a monster movie of sorts.

Black Like Jazz: Imagining a World Without Police

by Josiah R. Daniels 04-26-2021

A man practices inside his car on one of the main street of Harlem in 2010. Photo: wagner stephane /

Two important promises I’ve made to myself: I will never again watch a video of a person being lynched by the police and I will not allow my writing to be used in a way that makes Black pain a spectacle.

Take This Injera: What Our Editors Are Reading

by Josiah R. Daniels 04-16-2021

Photo by Ana Flasker

If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience an Ethiopian meal, you are missing out. I have Ethiopian family members, so I frequently get to enjoy this cuisine. A regular meal for us could be something like doro wat, gomen, atkilt wat, and mesir wat. No meal is complete without a boona, or coffee, chaser. But as incredible as it is, coffee is not the defining trademark of Ethiopian cuisine. That distinction belongs solely to injera.

How to Juggle: What Our Editors Are Reading

by Josiah R. Daniels 04-09-2021

Photo by Alex Emanuel Koch

Lil Nas X, Godzilla, and the (unofficial) patron saint of the internet.

No More Begging For Our Humanity

by Josiah R. Daniels 06-10-2020

A demonstrator waves an American flag during a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in New York City. June 9, 2020. REUTERS/Idris Solomon

Black people don’t always end up dead when encountering police. But we almost always end up wounded.