Journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault on 50 years covering Black lives

Coming up at 9 a.m. on Tuesday

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Pioneering Black journalist and civil rights activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault poses for a photo inside the Kling Media Center in St. Paul on Friday, Feb. 17.
Ben Hovland | MPR News

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is a longtime journalist who worked as a reporter for The New York Times, PBS, NPR and CNN. She was one of the first Black journalists to hold high-profile positions in major newsrooms, paving the way for the next generation of journalists of color.

And before she even started her journalism career, she was already in the history books. She was one of two Black students who desegregated the University of Georgia in 1961.

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Angela Davis and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, two generations of empowered Black journalists.
Angela Davis | MPR News

Coming up at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, listen to a rebroadcast of a conversation MPR News host Angela Davis had earlier this year with Hunter-Gault about her latest book, “My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives.”

Guest:

  • Charlayne Hunter-Gault is a retired award-winning journalist and author of the several books, including “My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives” and a memoir titled “In My Place” about her experience as one of the first Black students to enroll in the University of Georgia in 1961.

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