An unprecedented examination of how news stories, editorials and photographs in the American press and the journalists responsible for them profoundly changed the nation's thinking about civil rights in the South during the 1950s and 60s.
Roberts and Klibanoff draw on private correspondence, notes from secret meetings, unpublished articles, and interviews to show how a dedicated cadre of newsmen black and white revealed to a nation its most shameful shortcomings that compelled its citizens to act. Meticulously researched and vividly rendered, "The Race Beat" is an extraordinary account of one of the most calamitous periods in our nation's history, as told by those who covered it.
About the Author
Roberts has a long and distinguished career as reporter and editor. He wasexecutive editor of the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has won 17 Pulizer Prizes. He now teaches in the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.
A native of Alabama, Hank Klibanoff is the managing editor for news at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is a former metro reporter, national correspondent based in Chicago, business editor, and deputy managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for twenty years. He was also a reporter for three years at The Boston Globe and six years in Mississippi for The Daily Herald, the South Mississippi Sun (now the Sun Herald) and the Delta Democrat-Times.
“A masterpiece . . . The Race Beat is a riveting piece of social history that balances both its subjects brilliantly . . . There has never been a better study of the importance of a free press.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer“Fascinating. . . . Just when you think there's nothing left to say about the civil rights movement, [The Race Beat] pulls you back in.” —The Los Angeles Times“The Race Beat has good characters, good yarns and good thinking. Just as important, though, it’s got a good heart.” —Newsweek “Research for The Race Beat is meticulous, uncovering many facts that have gone unreported in other books about the movement . . . proves a necessary addition to anyone interested in learning more about the movement and the journalists whose work helped transform the South and, indeed, the nation.” —Chicago Sun-Times