Award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 15:39.
02/17/2008 - 14:00
02/17/2008 - 16:00

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Sunday, February 17th
at 2:00 PM

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Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium,

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Award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault has spent more than 40 years in the media industry. She began her career in 1963 as a reporter for The New Yorker, where she wrote for the popular “Talk of the Town” section of the magazine. She went on to work as an investigative reporter and anchorwoman on local New York television and later joined the New York Times as a metropolitan reporter specializing in coverage of the African-American community.

Hunter-Gault joined the MacNeil/Lehrer Report in 1978 and served as chief national correspondent for The Newshour with Jim Lehrer on PBS from 1983 to 1997. During that time Hunter-Gault won two Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for her work on the series “Apartheid’s People.”

She joined CNN in 1997 as chief correspondent in Africa and in 1999 became the CNN bureau chief in Johannesburg, South Africa, a post she held until 2007.

Based on her lectures at Harvard while she was a fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, Hunter-Gault published New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa’s Renaissance (2006). The book looks beyond the AIDS epidemic and the standard media focus on the troubles and tragedies of African nations to fi nd positive developments in education and health care as well as other advances that offer a measure of hope for a continent beset with strife.

Born in Due West, South Carolina, Hunter-Gault made civil rights history in 1961 when she became one of two black students to desegregate the University of Georgia. Her 1992 memoir, In My Place, tells the story of those difficult years and describes both the harassment she experienced and the support she received from family and others in the Civil Rights Movement.

Hunter-Gault is once again working for NPR. She is married to banker Ronald T. Gault and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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