About Ray

Ray Baker-Kandi Burruss“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.”– Editors of Freedom’s Journal.

The word, whether written or spoken is the most important and effective way of communicating and Ray has been doing just that since early in his life. As a journalism major at Howard University he was often called on to host or moderate campus events, including Angela Davis’ historic speech on the campus.

Ray shaped and honed his knowledge of politics working for the venerable Sunday Morning Talk Show This Week with George Stephanopolous and the political consulting firm Brilliant Corners, where he worked under the pre-eminent African-American pollster Cornell Belcher.

Following his time there, Ray worked at Washington D.C.’s WHUR 96.3FM. There he served as a news correspondent covering the Democratic and Republican National Convention, the 2012 presidential election and the 57th Presidential Inauguration; the second of President Barack Obama. During that time, Ray also hosted a SiriusXM talk radio show interviewing a range of newsmakers from politicians to athletes to entertainers. He has sat down with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Academy Award Nominee Spike Lee, NBA Hall of Famer Earl the Peal Monroe & Grammy Award Winners Jill Scott & John Legend.

Beyond radio, Ray is a contributor to a number of television & online outlets including TVOne, CCTV-America, BET, TruTV, The Washington Post, Ebony & Politic365.  In 2014, he traveled to Ferguson, MO the week following the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, reporting on the tense confrontations between citizens and law enforcement. Ray was also on the ground in Baltimore during the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

A much sought after speaker, Ray has traveled the country as an in-demand lecturer, panelist & moderator with appearances at the National Press Club and on college campuses such as Georgetown, Duke, Howard and Yale Universities among other schools. He has served as the official town hall moderator for the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation National Mentoring Campaign and was a panelist at the Chevrolet Table of Brotherhood in honor of the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall.

His work and life have been guided by the Yoruba proverb “if we stand tall, it is because we stand on the backs of those who came before us.”