Hank Klibanoff, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for a book about the news coverage of the civil rights struggle in the South, is the James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism at Emory University in Atlanta.
A native of Alabama, Klibanoff joined Emory at the close of a 36-year career in print and online newspapers in Mississippi and at The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. At the AJC, he was managing editor for news, overseeing a staff of more than 500 journalists and a budget greater than $30 million at the time.
Klibanoff and his co-author, Gene Roberts, won the Pulitzer Prize in history for their book, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of a Nation, published by Knopf (2006), Vintage (2007) and Brilliance Audio (2007). The Race Beat explores news coverage of civil rights from the 1930s through the late 1960s, particularly the impact of the black press, the Northern press, the Southern liberal and segregationist press, television and photojournalism.
Klibanoff also serves as managing editor of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project (www.coldcases.org), which uses investigative reporting to dig out the truth behind unsolved racial murders that took place during the civil rights era in the South. He also teaches a history course at Emory focused on unsolved civil rights murders in Georgia.
Klibanoff serves on the John Chancellor Excellence in Journalism Award Committee at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the advisory board of the National Press Foundation, the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellowships Advisory Board, the advisory board of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and formerly served on the board of the Associated Press Managing Editors.
He also serves as chairman of the advisory board of VOX Teen Communications, an Atlanta non-profit youth development organization that provides teens an opportunity to write, design and publish a monthly newspaper and helps them develop the skills and resources to express themselves on issues important to them.
Klibanoff earned his bachelors degree at Washington University in St. Louis and his masters in journalism at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Both universities have honored him as a distinguished alumnus.
Before coming to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2002, Klibanoff spent six years as a reporter in Mississippi, a year backpacking and writing in Europe and the Middle East, three years at The Boston Globe, and 20 years at The Philadelphia Inquirer, three of which were as the Midwest correspondent based in Chicago.
Klibanoff and his wife, Laurie A. Leonard, have three daughters: Caroline, 24, who works at the Pew Research Center; Eleanor, 22, a recent graduate of The George Washington University and a Kroc Fellow at National Public Radio; and Corinne, 19, a sophomore at Auburn University.