The Ellison Report


The Ellison Report is a dynamic weekly blend of thought leadership, analysis and data on key issues, people and events impacting our communities here and abroad. 

Produced at WEAA FM, The Ellison Report is available on-air and online to provide listeners with crucial kitchen table intelligence on changes and movements in politics, geopolitics and public policy. Each week brings a fresh round of perspectives on the political process and the influence game, with emphasis placed on how that relates to populations of color. Veteran political strategist and analyst Charles D. Ellison presents a compelling rotation of subject matter experts and personalities examining the polls, campaigns, elections and legislation shaping the world we live in. Listeners can access additional insights through while interacting with the program through social media.  

From the issues and challenges rippling through Washington, state capitols and city halls to exclusive interviews with legislators and expert analysis on foreign affairs, The Ellison Report is your weekly national public affairs magazine. 


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This week’s latest on the ER: Looking at the reasons why Iowa and New Hampshire are so “special” when it comes to primaries. Too few Black women are in elected office: why that’s a problem. The latest trends in public opinion and how voters seem more stuck on terrorism than the economy. Turkey and Russia in Syria. The impact of Black Lives Matter on the 2016 election. Where prison reform is headed this year and beyond.

This week’s installment of The ER: comparing race-based and class-based affirmative action: which one is it? The troubling aspects of the language employed in this election. Examining the policy response to migration trends. The future of polling. Is Trump trending from his frontrunner status? The linkage between racist cops – and history textbooks.   

Thomas Jayoord

This week’s ER examines the impact of the post-Paris attack on the political map; populist Republicanism vs. corporate Republicanism; Analysis of the Middle East battle space; the relationship between media and presidential candidates; a deeper look at the pros and cons of a minimum wage hike.

Outsider Candidates

This week’s installment of The ER: creativity, music and education in the modern economy. Comparing, contrasting outsider/insider candidates and new polling on black face. Examining youth political engagement and voting rights today as opposed to yesterday. And: why are presidential candidates having fun on the campaign trail? Racial isolation on college campuses, why that’s important. ER talks with Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC).   

Reflective Democracy Campaign

ER throws a dose of skepticism on the so-called "recovery." The diplomatics of a downed Russian airliner. The country's politicians are far whiter than we know. Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal talks Congressional run and post-Ferguson. Misplaced My Brother's Keeper rhetoric - & intentions? Where's the GOP field now amid post-debate shake-ups?