NORTH ADAMS, MA—National Public Radio Special Correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault will speak at this fall’s Hardman Lecture Series event at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Thursday, October 15, at 7 p.m. in the Church Street Center. Hunter-Gault, an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years in the industry, delivers a lecture entitled “Africa’s Women on the Move.” The Hardman Lecture Series is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment. The event is free and open to the public.
Hunter-Gault is the author of 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. Her latest book is New News Out of Africa: Uncovering the African Renaissance. A global journalist, Hunter-Gault spent six years as CNN’s Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent before returning to NPR.
She was NPR’s chief correspondent in Africa.
Hunter-Gault first 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, D.C. and as the Harlem bureau chief for The New York Times. Her 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 1986 Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, the 1990 Sidney Hillman Award, the American Women in Radio and Television award, the Good Housekeeping Broadcast Personality of the Year Award and a 2004 National Association of Black Journalists Award for her CNN series on Zimbabwe. She 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 into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame.
Hunter-Gault delivers lectures around the country and holds more than three dozen honorary degrees. She also serves on the board of The Peabody Awards and The Committee to Protect Journalists and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
For information on the Hardman Lecture Series at MCLA call (413) 662-5185 or visit www.mcla.edu/speakers.