NewsHour special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault recently joined this year’s George Polk Award winners for panel discussion, “Reporting on Race in America.”
Joining Hunter-Gault on stage for the event, part of the 67th George Polk Awards in Journalism: Nikole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times, Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and writer and founder of Invisible Institute Jamie Kalven.
The journalists shared their experiences reporting on race and policing during a critical time in American political discourse for an audience at the Long Island University campus in Brooklyn, New York.
Some of the highlights:
- Kalven explained how he was able to break the Laquan McDonald story in Chicago, with the help of an inside whistle-blower. He detailed the step-by-step approach he took to gathering information from witnesses, who were cautious to tell their stories, and the difficulties he faced in doing so.
Lowery, who is most known for his in-depth reporting from Ferguson, Missouri, spoke on the lack of an accurate report by the federal government on deadly police shootings. Lowery, who at the time covered politics, stayed in Ferguson for three months and reported on various aspects of the Michael Brown story. Today, Lowery mainly reports on law enforcement, national politics and race.
Hannah-Jones is an investigative journalist most known for her work on civil rights, education equality, school resegregation and housing discrimination in America. The New York Times writer has been praised for her reporting on education inequality, which showed how Michael Brown’s death could have been related to the school resegregation in Ferguson, which she referred to as, “the most segregated, impoverished districts in the entire state.”
Watch the full discussion below: