Hank Klibanoff

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Hank Klibanoff (born March 26, 1949 in Florence, Alabama [1] ) is an American journalist, now a professor at Emory University. He and Gene Roberts won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for History for the book The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation . [2]


Early life and education

Hank Klibanoff was born and raised in Florence, Alabama. He got an early start in journalism delivering newspapers by bicycle. He graduated from Coffee High School in Florence and attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied under Howard Nemerov and received his B.A. in English. He subsequently received a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Northwestern University.


He was managing editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution until June 24, 2008, when he stepped down. [3] He had been deputy managing editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer , where he worked for 20 years. [3] He had also been a reporter for six years in Mississippi and three years at The Boston Globe . [2]

Klibanoff is currently the director of the journalism program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the project managing editor of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project. [4] [5]

He hosts a podcast called "Buried Truths" about racial tensions in Georgia during and after the 1948 election. [6] The podcast won a 2018 Peabody Award. [7]


Klibanoff is father to 3 girls, Eleanor, Caroline and Corinne; he is married to Laurie Leonard.

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  2. 1 2 "The 2007 Pulitzer Prize Winners: History". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-25. With short biographies and dustjacket description.
  3. 1 2 "AJC Managing Editor Hank Klibanoff steps down". Atlanta Business Chronicle. June 24, 2008. Retrieved 2013-11-25. With transcript of Klibanoff memo to "The AJC staff".
  4. "Journalism Program Faculty". Emory University. Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  5. "The Team". The Civil Rights Cold Case Project. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
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