Charlayne Hunter-Gault is CNN's Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent. Hunter-Gault joined CNN in April 1999 from National Public Radio, where she worked as the network's chief correspondent in Africa.
Hunter-Gault joined NPR in 1997 after 20 years with PBS, where she was a national correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. During that time she also anchored the award-winning Rights and Wrongs, a television newsmagazine on human rights. She began her career as a reporter for The New Yorker; then worked as a local news anchor for WRC-TV in Washington, DC; and worked for The New York Times for ten years, including two as the newspaper's Harlem bureau chief.
After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC, Hunter-Gault traveled to Sudan to report on the international aftermath of the event.
Her numerous honors include two Emmy awards and two Peabody awards—one for her work on "Apartheid's People," a NewsHour series on life during apartheid in South Africa, and the second for general reporting on Africa in 1998. Hunter-Gault also was the recipient of the 1986 Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists, the 1990 Sidney Hillman Award, the American Women in Radio and Television, the Good Housekeeping Broadcast Personality of the Year Award, the Tom Paine Award, Amnesty International's Media Spotlight Award, and the African-American Institute for outstanding coverage of Africa. In 2000 the Africa-America Institute honored her with the Chairman's Award for Excellence in Media and for balanced reporting on Africa.
Hunter-Gault also 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. She also holds more than two dozen honorary degrees.
She is married to banker Ronald T. Gault, and they have two children, Suesan and Chuma.