Press Release for Monday, February 13, 2006

Journalist/Author/Civil Rights Pioneer to Speak at UNF's Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, world renowned journalist, author and civil rights pioneer, will be the speaker at the 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon, presented by the University of North Florida’s Intercultural Center for PEACE. The program will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. at the University Center on the UNF campus.

Hunter-Gault made civil rights history as the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Georgia in 1962, and went on to establish herself as one of television's premier journalists. She joined “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” in 1978 as a correspondent and became the national correspondent for “NewsHour” in 1983, staying in that position until 1997. Her assignments included substitute anchoring and field reporting from various parts of the world. During her association with the broadcast, she was recognized with numerous awards, including two Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for her work on “Apartheid's People,” a series for “NewsHour” about life in South Africa.

In addition, she has received the 1986 Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, the 1990 Sidney Hillman Award, the Good Housekeeping Broadcast Personality of the Year Award, the American Women in Radio and Television Award and two awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for excellence in local programming.

Hunter-Gault began her career in journalism in 1963 as a reporter for The New Yorker magazine. In 1967, she joined the investigative news team at WRC-TV, Washington, DC, where she also anchored the local evening news. She is the author of “In My Place,” a personal memoir of her role in the Civil Rights Movement and has published articles in The New York Times Magazine, Saturday Review, The New York Times Book Review, Essence and Vogue.

Tickets for the luncheon are $15 each or $400 for corporate tables of eight. Tickets can be purchased at the UNF Ticket Box Office in the UNF Fine Arts Center at (904) 620-2878 or online at For more information, contact Ana Linares at (904) 620-2436.