Shoulders We Stand On: Charlayne Hunter-Gault

5 04 2009

Shoulders We Stand On is info about women who paved the way so we can be where we are today.

2007charlaynehuntergaultWho she is: Charlayne Hunter-Gault was the first Black woman to graduate from the University of Georgia; she is also a renowned journalist and author.

How she paved the way: Hunter-Gault was born in Due West, SC in 1942. She attended Wayne State University but received her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1962 from UGA.

She has played many roles throughout her career:

  • “Talk of the Town” reporter for The New Yorker.
  • Metropolitan reporter specializing in coverage of the urban Black community at The New York Tiimes.
  • Correspondent on The MacNeil/Lehrer Report and its series, Learning in America.
  • Her work has appeared in the following publications: The New York Times Magazine, Saturday Review, The New York Times Book Review, Essence and Vogue.
  • Hunter-Gault has won the following awards: two Emmys; a Peabody for excellence in broadcast journalism; the 1986 Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association for Black Journalists; the 1990 Sidney Hillman Award; the Good Houskeeping 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.

She also wrote In My Place, a memoir about her experiences at UGA and has received more than two-dozen honorary degrees. Hunter-Gault is currently married with two children and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.





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