Janelle Richards is a producer at Nightly News with Lester Holt. She has covered the Pulse Orlando shooting, Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore, the Charleston church shooting and the Amtrak train derailment. Prior to working at Nightly News, she was a participant in the "News Associates Program," a production talent development program at NBC News. She worked at Weekend Today Show and theGrio.com where she covered education and women’s issues within the African-American community. As a former International Center for Journalists fellow she traveled to Ghana, West Africa to report on the chocolate industry and cocoa farmers in the region. Richards is a graduate of Spelman College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Richards is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.