CNN?s Africa bureau chief to lecture Thursday in Ballroom

Jason Okamoto

CNN?s Africa bureau chief Charlayne Hunter-Gault lectures today at 7:30 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom.

Hunter-Gault works out of CNN headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, covering news in the largely poverty-stricken, war-torn continent.

Born in 1942 in a small South Carolina town, Hunter-Gault grew up all over the United States as the family moved with her father?s military duties. She later graduated from a high school in Atlanta and moved on to enroll in Wayne State University. In 1961, Hunter-Gault became one of the first two black students to attend the University of Georgia.

After graduating in 1963 with a degree in journalism, she landed a job as a reporter for “The New Yorker.” In the late 1970s, Hunter-Gault became the first woman news anchor for PBS? “McNeil/Lehrer Report.” For the next 20 years, she worked for PBS and wrote articles for numerous publications, including “The New York Times,” “Life” and “Ms.” magazine.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault has had an illustrious career, and has the accolades to prove it. She has been the recipient of two Emmy awards, the Peabody Award and the American Women in Radio Award, among others.

Tickets, available at the Sac State Ticket Office or, are $10 in advance, $5 for students. For more information, call 278-6997. The event is sponsored by Sac State?s Multicultural Center, UNIQUE Programs and the Women?s Resource Center.