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Hunter-Gault named to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

University of Georgia alumna and award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault has been named to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

The Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist was one of eight members inducted into the Journalism, Media and Communications section of the honorary society.

Hunter-Gault along with Hamilton Holmes were the first two Black students to integrate UGA in 1961. After graduating from UGA with a degree in journalism, Hunter-Gault joined the staff of “The New Yorker”, followed by The New York Times and PBS, and later became a correspondent in Africa for National Public Radio and CNN. She has written several books and most recently published “My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives,” in October 2022.

She joins the nearly 270 new members elected to the Academy this year, selected from academia, the arts, industry, policy, research and science.

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