Journalist | Media Personality


Dometi Pongo is the morning news anchor for talk station WVON 1690AM where he also writes and produces radio features spurring thoughtful dialogue on social, political and economic issues relevant to under-served communities. Born in Chicago to West African parents, Pongo added global context to these conversations by leading cultural excursions to Ghana in 2016 and 2017 bringing along a total of 50 travelers to date.

The  2015 radio feature Pongo penned chronicling the coverage of the Laquan McDonald shooting was a finalist for the National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence Award for Best Radio Feature. Pongo’s work as a moderator and analyst has been covered in the Chicago TribuneNew York Timesthe Huffington Post and several local publications. 

Pongo also hosts the Brainstorm With Dometi Podcast available on iTunes and all other podcasting applications. Meet him live at the historic South Side Community Art Center where he hosts live art exhibitions and poetry readings every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.

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