David C. Driskell Center

The Thirteenth Annual
David C. Driskell Distinguished Lecture
In The Visual Arts Series

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


 

Biography

 

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years in the industry. She is the author of three books: In My Place, a memoir of the civil rights movement fashioned around her experiences as the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia; New News Out of Africa: Uncovering the African Renaissance; and her latest book To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement, a book for high school and college readers. As a global journalist, Hunter-Gault has returned to NPR as a chief special correspondent in Africa after spending six years as CNN's Johannesburg Bureau Chief and Correspondent.  

Hunter-Gault joined NPR in 1997 after 20 years with PBS, where she worked as a national correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She began her journalism career as a reporter for The New Yorker before working as a local news anchor for WRC-TV in Washington, DC, and as the Harlem bureau chief for The New York Times.

Her numerous honors include two Emmy awards and two Peabody awards – one for her work on Apartheid's People, a NewsHour series about South African life during apartheid, and the other for general coverage of Africa in 1998. Hunter-Gault also was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, the American Women in Radio and Television award, and a 2004 National Association of Black Journalists Award for her CNN series on Zimbabwe. She has also received awards from Amnesty International for her human rights reporting, especially her PBS Series, Rights and Wrongs, a human rights television magazine. In August 2005, she was inducted in the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame. She is a sought-after public speaker, holds more than three dozen honorary degrees, and is on the board of The Committee to Protect Journalists, the Carter Center, the Peabody Board and Digital Promise International.