News Out of Africa: New Nations Out of Old

TUE, MAY 13, 2003 (1:21:51)

Charlayne Hunter-Gualt discusses the current state of Africa. Charlayne Hunter-Gualt is best known as the former National Correspondent for PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, where she reported from 1978 to 1997, Hunter-Gault has been bureau chief of CNN International in Johannesburg, South Africa since 1998. Her first job in journalism began in 1963 as a “Talk of the Town” reporter for The New Yorker, and in 1968, she joined the staff of the New York Times as a metropolitan reporter. At The New Yorker and the Times, she specialized in urban affairs, with a focus on the African-American community. As a broadcast journalist, Hunter-Gault has continued to cover domestic urban issues and has also reported from Grenada, the Middle East, and South Africa. For her work on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour 1986 series Apartheid’s People, Hunter-Gault received one of journalism’s highest honors, the George Foster Peabody Broadcast Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. That year, she was also named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. In addition, Hunter-Gault has won two National News and Documentary Emmys, the Sidney Hillman Award for her six-part series Out of Reach: People at the Bottom, and the American Women in Radio and Television Award, among others.

+ BIO: Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Charlayne Hunter-Gault has staked her claim as one of the leading journalists in the US, having won many of the top honors in her field for excellence in investigative reporting. In 1961, Hunter-Gault was one of two black students who first broke the color barrier in higher education in Georgia. While braving the protests of white students during that tumultuous time in American history, she also underwent an important learning experience by observing the styles and techniques of reporters who chronicled the event. Hunter-Gault has built a reputation as a keen investigator of social injustice, especially among African-Americans. She became known to millions of television viewers as the national correspondent on PBS-TV’s MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and has also written landmark articles on subjects ranging from the ravages of heroin addiction to the evils of apartheid in South Africa.

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