Oakland journalist will ‘Rock the Trail’

Oakland journalist Raldon “Donny” Lumpkins, 20, is among five selected from among hundreds of applicants from across the nation to be one of Rock the Vote‘s campaign reporters this year.

From the Web site:

lumpkins.jpgRaldon Lumpkins is a content producer for YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, a youth media organization based in San Francisco. He is the host of YO!Radio, a weekly radio segment that airs on KMEL 106.1’s Street Soldiers and around the Bay Area, including YO!TV on the local CW network. His favorite thing to do is sit at home and drink all of the orange juice.

I couldn’t immediately track Lumpkins down for his comment this afternoon, but here’s an interesting look at who he is posted less than two weeks ago.

Rock the Vote’s 2008 campaign aims to register two million young people through online and offline efforts, and will include an interactive mobile program, a national public service announcement campaign, a youth journalism program, volunteer street teams, and a platform outlining youth demands of the next President.

UPDATE @ 4:53 P.M. TUESDAY: Lumpkins says he’s “elated, I’m very excited” at being chosen for the program; the gig will start with a trip to Washington later this month for training, and then he’ll see where the trail leads him.

“What I’m hoping to find is this kind of excitement and optimism that I’m seeing with myself and my friends about politics,” he told me a few minutes ago, adding he and many others his age have found it hard to engage in the political process. “This year, I do care, and my friends care, and that’s exciting and I want to see if that carries over into other young people across the country.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Cecil Robinson

    Free Bush
    from his “steroid charge”
    Impeach Bonds
    for violating his oath

  • Ann

    Congrats Donny! You are amazing.