Honoring Our Own: Celebrating 20 Years of Civic Journalism with Ann-Marie Adams
By Rose Mendes, Staff Writer
HARTFORD — Melanie Trump might be the first immigrant First Lady. But before the nation gets her into the White House, it’s apt to explore six degrees–or less–of separation with The Hartford Guardian‘s own first at the White House.
In 1990, someone chuckled and said Ann-Marie Rose Mesquita was on the road to the White House as the first immigrant first lady.
But Providence stepped in.
After a career as a model and an actress, she met and married her husband in Brooklyn, New York. She was also an active member of the Harlem fashion community. In 1992, she worked for the Black Fashion Museum and produced a variety of programs at the Minisink Town House. Now Ann-Marie Adams, she started her career as a staff writer at Brooklyn College’s Excelsior newspaper in 1994. In January 2004, she founded The Hartford Guardian. And she began the online publication on Oct. 5, 2008. In 2011, she graduated Howard University’s doctoral program with a distinction in United States History and taught U.S. History at Rutger’s University. And she was chosen for the cover of Hartford magazine as black woman of the year in 2012.
After that, she was on her way to becoming the first Jamaican-American White House Correspondent.
Adams’ path to the White House intersected with Melania’s presumed path to the White House as an immigrant. Both women emigrated and were models in New York during the 1990s. And both met then Kansas Senator Bob Dole during the 1990s.
Ann-Marie Adams as a model in New York City: She “can go from a back-yard barbecue to the White House.”
In 1996, when Melania emigrated to the U.S., Adams was selected to interview Dole during his presidential stop at Brooklyn College. In 1998, Melania met Donald Trump, who is a friend of Dole.
Dole, a Brooklyn College alum, who has resurfaced is linked to Adams, the award-winning journalist and founder of The Hartford Guardian, now in her third year of covering the White House beat. Only Providence can explain that coincidence, Adams said.
Also the consummate historian, Adams said that if Melania goes into the White House as the first immigrant first lady, it would be because the Republicans show that they are the stronger team.
These connections, Adams, said will only help give insight into the White House beat as the first black president finishes his second-year in office.
That’s not the only connection Adams has to the White House, however. Her friend, who lives in Boston, is a friend of a Washington, D.C. resident: Gary Officer. Officer is also a close ally of Michelle Obama.
Ann-Marie Adams’s career spans from 1996 at Brooklyn College to the White House 2016:
Video with Melanie and Bob Dole:
In 2015 while covering the White House, sources told Ann-Marie Adams that she might have been the first immigrant First Lady at the White House–if she had behaved and wasn’t so fiesty. What unfolded after she got the news is dubbed the crime of the century: Adams has no wedding plans with any of the presidential candidate or Barack Obama. That’s because she was and perhaps still is married to her career as a journalist and a historian.
Ann-Marie Adams, White House Correspondent 2015:
None of these women, sources said, work harder than Ann-Marie Adams, for what they have accomplished so far. Adams, who emmigrated from Jamaica in 1987, is now the founder of the first nonprofit news publication in Connecticut. So it’s only apt that we celebrate our journalist and historian in Connecticut.
Six Degrees of Separation
Picture of Adams and Bob Dole at Brooklyn College 1996 and Gary Officer and Michelle Obama 2011:
All photos courtesy of Ann-Marie Adams and Gary Officer.