© 2022 WKSU
Public Radio News for Northeast Ohio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
photo of Afi Scruggs

Afi Scruggs


Afi Scruggs is an award-winning writer/journalist and author who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Her career started in 1983 as a freelancer in Richmond, Va. After that, she worked at newspapers in Washington D.C., Jackson, Miss., and Dayton, Ohio before settling in Cleveland.

Her articles and columns have appeared in the Washington Post, and on washingtonpost.com, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The U.S. edition of the Guardian, USA Today, and Essence magazine.  Her audio segments have been broadcast on APM’s Money, NPR/WBUR’s Only A Game, and on local northeast Ohio NPR affiliates. 

She’s also written three books: Jump Rope Magic, published by Scholastic; a genealogical memoir, “Claiming Kin: Confronting the History of an African-American Family”; and an essay collection entitled “Beyond Stitch and Bitch: Reflections on Knitting and Life.”

Afi has a PhD in Slavic linguistics from Brown University, and a BA in Russian from the University of Chicago. She’s also a prolific bass player.