The Washington Informer

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The Washington Informer
Founder(s)Calvin W. Rolark
PublisherDenise Rolark Barnes
EditorD. Kevin McNeir
Photo editorShevry Lassiter
Staff writersAngie Johnson, Mable Neville, Ron Taylor
FoundedOctober 16, 1964; 58 years ago (October 16, 1964)
HeadquartersWashington, DC
OCLC number60630464
WebsiteWashington Informer
The Washington Informer dispenser at Huntington metro station

The Washington Informer is a weekly newspaper published in Washington, D.C. The Informer is female-owned and is targeted at the African-American population of the D.C. metropolitan area.[1] The publisher is Denise Rolark Barnes, whose father, Calvin W. Rolark (1927–1994),[2][3] founded the paper in 1964.[4]

At the 2011 Second Annual Ethnic Media Awards competition, the Informer received first-place honors for feature writing and local news.[5]


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  1. ^ "Insider's Guide: Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher, Washington Informer". Cultural Tourism DC. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  2. ^ Levy, Claudia (October 25, 1994). "Crusading Publisher Calvin Rolark Dies". Washington Post.
  3. ^ "In Memoriam: Dr. Calvin W. Rolark Sr". Washington Informer. May 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Oczypok, Kate (March 28, 2019). "Washington Informer publisher Denise Rolark Barnes strives to carry on her father's mission". The DC Line. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Washington Informer wins three first-place Ethnic Media Awards honors". Retrieved 2012-01-14.