Mark Whitaker spent three decades as a reporter, writer, and editor for Newsweek. In 1999, he became the first African-American to lead a national newsweekly. In 2007, he joined NBC News and the following year replaced the late Tim Russert as Washington bureau chief. In 2011, Whitaker was appointed managing editor of CNN Worldwide—overseeing day-to-day news coverage across all television and digital platforms, as well as the original programming team that created CNN Films, and acquired Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown.” In 2011, Whitaker published “My Long Trip Home,” the story of his turbulent upbringing in a broken interracial home. Whitaker’s latest book, “Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance,” chronicles the remarkable cultural and political legacy of Black Pittsburgh—where Whitaker’s father grew up and his grandparents ran funeral homes.