Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years in the industry, working in every medium. A trailblazer in her own right, she is the author of three books: 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; New News Out of Africa: Uncovering the African Renaissance; and her latest book is To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement, a book for high school, college readers and beyond.
As a global journalist, Hunter-Gault worked at NPR as a special correspondent after spending six years as CNN's Johannesburg Bureau Chief and Correspondent. Before that, she worked as NPR’s chief correspondent in Africa. Hunter-Gault joined NPR in 1997 after 20 years with PBS, where she worked as a national correspondent for NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She began her journalism career as a reporter for The New Yorker and later worked as a local news anchor for WRC-TV in Washington, DC, and as the Harlem bureau chief for The New York Times.
Hunter-Gault has written for numerous publications including Essence, O magazine, The New York Times magazine and Book Review, Africa Report, BBC Focus on Africa, Vogue, The Rotarian, The Black Scholar and many others.
Her numerous 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 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, the American Women in Radio and Television award and a 2004 National Association of Black Journalists Award for her CNN series on Zimbabwe. Amnesty International awarded Hunter-Gault for her human rights reporting, especially her PBS Series, Rights and Wrongs, a human rights television magazine. In August 2005, she was inducted in the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame.
Hunter-Gault is a sought-after public speaker, holds more than three dozen honorary degrees, is on the board of The Committee to Protect Journalists, the Carter Center, the Peabody Board and Digital Promise Global. She is vice president of the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation, established by Camille Cosby in honor of her mother. She is married to businessman Ronald T. Gault and has two adult children, Suesan, an artist, and Chuma, an actor. Her latest venture with her husband is producing wine for export to the US from South Africa under the label Passages.