Award-Winning Journalist and Author
"From Jim Crow America to Apartheid South Africa and Beyond: A Journalist's Journey"
Monday, January 31, 2011
Student Union, Apollo Room
Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an award-winning journalist and author whose career spans more than 40 years. She has reported on racism, Vietnam veterans, life under apartheid, drug abuse, and human rights issues. She was the first African American woman to enroll in the University of Georgia and was among the first African American women to graduate from the university.
Hunter-Gault gained national recognition after she joined the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in 1978, becoming a national correspondent for its 60-minute MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour in 1983. In 1997 Hunter-Gault left PBS to become the Africa bureau chief for National Public Radio (NPR), and in 1999 she was named Johannesburg bureau chief for CNN, a post she held until 2005.
She is the author of a memoir on the American civil rights movement, In My Place (1992), and New News Out of Africa (2006), a book documenting the many aspects of the African Renaissance.
Her numerous awards include two Emmy awards and two Peabody awards, and in 2005 she was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame.
Please also join us on Tuesday, February 1, for the Wright State University Honors Institute Symposium on Intersections of Memory. For more information, please visit the Honors Institute 2011 page.