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Charlayne Hunter-Gault

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Reporter
Television News Correspondent
Civic Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
My Values Are A Suit Of Armor.

Birthplace

Born:
2/27/1942
Birth Location:
Due West, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Reporter
Television News Correspondent
Civic Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
My Values Are A Suit Of Armor.

Birthplace

Born:
2/27/1942
Birth Location:
Due West
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Biography

Award-winning journalist, author, and school desegregation pioneer Charlayne Hunter-Gault was born on February 27, 1942, in Due West, South Carolina, to Charles and Althea Hunter. Because her father, a chaplain in the United States Army, was often re-assigned, Hunter-Gault and her siblings attended schools in California, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia and Alaska. Hunter-Gault graduated third in her class from Atlanta’s Henry McNeal Turner High School in 1960. Backed by a group of black businessmen and accompanied by fellow student Hamilton Holmes, Hunter-Gault applied for admission to the segregated University of Georgia. Initially denied admittance, she enrolled at Wayne State University in Detroit, but Constance Baker Motley of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a group of Atlanta lawyers won her admittance to the University of Georgia in January of 1961. Hunter-Gault transcended the expected racial hostility, served a summer internship with the Louisville Times and graduated with her B.A. degree in journalism in 1963.

That same year, Hunter-Gault accepted a job as an editorial assistant with the New Yorker magazine. She won a Russell Sage Fellowship for a year and then served as a reporter and evening anchor for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. She returned to print journalism by accepting a post with the New York Times in 1968, establishing the newspaper’s Harlem bureau. In 1978, Hunter-Gault joined PBS’s McNeil-Lehrer Newshour where she served as national correspondent and filled in as an anchor. She joined NPR in 1997 as chief correspondent in Africa. In 1999, Hunter-Gault became the Johannesburg, South Africa bureau chief for CNN.

Hunter-Gault has received numerous awards for journalism including two National News and Documentary Emmy Awards and two George Foster Peabody Awards. She has been recognized by the National Urban Coalition and the American Women in Radio and Television. Named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, Hunter-Gault has written articles for Essence, Ms., Life, and Saturday Review. Her courage as a pioneer integrationist has been chronicled by Calvin Trillen and recognized by the University of Georgia, where a hall is named for her and fellow student Hamilton Holmes. Her autobiography, In My Place, was published in 1992. Hunter-Gault’s exploration of modern Africa, entitled New News out of Africa: Uncovering Africa’s Renaissance, was published in 2006.

Hunter-Gault is the mother of a grown son and daughter and currently lives in South Africa with her husband, banker Ron Gault.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault explains the significance of the church in her life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls the origins of her love for Africa
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls how her family valued education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her father's U.S. military service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls her father's experience as a U.S. military chaplain
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recounts how her parents met, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recounts how her parents met, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers moving to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers visiting New York City with her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her middle-class background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers moving to the Alaska Territory in 1954
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her time in Anchorage, Alaska Territory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her year in Anchorage, Alaska Territory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers Henry McNeal Turner High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls her high school accomplishments
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her influences as a high school student, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her influences as a high school student, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes the impact of historically black schools in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers volunteering to integrate the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers the process of applying to University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault explains the policies used to exclude African Americans from public universities in Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls being admitted by court order to University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her state of mind as she prepared to enroll at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers registering at University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls the riot on her second night at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers leaving the University of Georgia after the riot
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls the drive back to Atlanta, Georgia after the riot at University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes returning to the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls her time at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls her supporters at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers her friends at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls a breakthrough she had with fellow students at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault compares her experience at University of Georgia with Hamilton Holmes'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes Hamilton Holmes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault reflects upon the courage of her generation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks about her marriage to Walter Stovall
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism at University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls moving to New York City to work for The New Yorker
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes writing for the The New Yorker
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers New Yorker Editor William Shawn helping her develop as a writer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls why she cut short her fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her accomplishments at NBC
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault shares her thoughts about being a news anchor
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls reporting on Ralph Featherstone's funeral
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers white editors' discomfort with black journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers opening a bureau of The New York Times in Harlem, New York City
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls changing The New York Times' standard term for African Americans from Negro to black
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks about being mistaken as white in Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault reflects upon how she grew as a reporter at The New York Times
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls leaving The New York Times to work for 'The MacNeil/Lehrer Report'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers discrimination suits against The New York Times
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls the first African American wedding announcement in The New York Times
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault explains how she landed an interview with President Hafez al-Assad of Syria
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers her interview with President Hafez al-Assad of Syria
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks about 'Apartheid's People'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls covering Nelson Mandela's release from prison
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her relationship with Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault explains what made 'The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour' unique
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault explains her motivation for creating 'Apartheid's People'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls 'Apartheid's People' interview subjects, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls 'Apartheid's People' interview subjects, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers interviewing Thabo Mbeki
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault compares public broadcasting to corporate broadcasting
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers interviewing Mengistu Haile Mariam
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault reflects upon the treatment of African leaders accused of crimes against humanity
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault reflects upon reporting in Zimbabwe
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks about Robert Mugabe's rule of Zimbabwe
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault considers the future of Zimbabwe
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes the African American community's response to her work
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks about cultural production in South Africa
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her current work
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault considers the history of post-colonial Africa
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks about the contemporary African renaissance
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes issues facing African women and children
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes her hopes and concerns for the African American and African communities
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks about her family
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Charlayne Hunter-Gault describes how she would like to be remembered