The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy to co-sponsor a talk by award winning CNN journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault

April 8, 2005
April 8, 2005
The Gerald Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
Contact: lklee[at]

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Chief of the CNN bureau in Johannesburg, South Africa will deliver a lecture at the Rackham Amphitheatre April 14, 2005 at noon. The talk, "From the Jim Crow South to South Africa: A Journalist's Journey," is co-sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Rackham Graduate School, and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies. Her appearance at Rackham is in addition to her participation in a conference, "Affirmative Action in Higher Education: The United States and South Africa." The conference is April 13 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and April 14th from nine until 5:30 p.m. at the U-M Law School.

In 1962 Hunter-Gault made civil rights history as the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Georgia. She established herself as one of television's premier journalists during her tenure on The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. She became The NewsHour's national correspondent in 1983. In 1989, she was also a correspondent for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions' five-part series, Learning in America.

In addition, Hunter-Gault won two Emmys, and a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for her work on Apartheid's People, a NewsHour series on South Africa. She also received the 1986 Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists; the 1990 Sidney Hillman Award; the Good Housekeeping Broadcast Personality of the Year Award; the American Women in Radio and Television Award; and two awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for excellence in local programming.

For more information on this free public talk: lklee[at]