About Maya


“She has a really edgy voice & she’s tackling some pretty big issues for someone of her age.”

Nikki Schwab, Former Editor U.S. News & World Report

Maya Richard-Craven is a multimedia journalist from Pasadena, CA. Maya plans to spend the summer of 2017 working as a social media reporter with The Arizona Republic, the most widely read newspaper in the state of Arizona.

Maya discovered her passion for journalism while pursuing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Maya started writing for Neon Tommy, USC Annenberg Digital News, during her first semester at USC.

By January 2014, she had written one of her most controversial pieces to date, ‘You’re Pretty, For A Black Girl.’ She followed with a second installment called ‘Check All That Apply,’ which gained international attention hours after getting published.

The two part series was named best college column by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) in May of 2014. Maya’s work has been featured in: USA TODAY, The Daily Beast, & The Hollywood Reporter. 

Maya Richard-Craven is a USA TODAY Network 2017 Pulliam Fellow.