Charlayne Hunter-Gault

October 1, 1994 - 12:00pm
A Conversation with Charlayne Hunter-Gault

About Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is CNN’s Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent. Hunter-Gault joined CNN in April 1999 from NPR, where she worked as the network’s chief correspondent in Africa. Charlayne joined NPR in 1997 after 20 years with PBS, where she was a national correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour. During that time she also anchored the award-winning Rights and Wrongs, a television newsmagazine on human rights. She began her career as a writer for The New Yorker, before becoming a news anchor in Washington, D.C. For 10 years she wrote for The New York Times, including two as the newspaper’s Harlem bureau chief.

Her numerous honors include two Emmy awards and two Peabody Awards. One for her work on “Apartheid’s People,” a series on life during apartheid in South Africa, and the second for general reporting on Africa in 1998. She also received the 1986 Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Hunter-Gault is the author of “In My Place,” a memoir of her role in the civil rights movement as the first black woman admitted to the University of Georgia.