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(February 27, 1942- ) Born in Due West, South Carolina; attended high schools in Alaska and Georgia. Applied for admission to University of Georgia in 1960; attended Wayne State in Detroit while university and state of Georgia obstructed application. After successful litigation, entered university in 1961; she and Hamilton Holmes were the first African-American students to do so. Served as intern at Louisville Times during summer of 1961. Received B.A. in journalism, 1963. Worked at The New Yorker magazine, becoming staff writer in 1964. In 1967 studied social science at Washington University in St. Louis as Russell Sage fellow; edited articles and reported on Poor People's Campaign for Trans-Action; also worked as news anchor for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. Joined staff of New York Times in 1968, becoming Harlem bureau chief. Took name Hunter-Gault after second marriage in 1971; directed minority journalism program at Columbia University during 1970s. Left Times in 1978 to work for PBS's MacNeil / Lehrer Report, as national correspondent beginning in 1983. Won 1985 and 1988 George Foster Peabody awards for reporting on Africa. Left MacNeil / Lehrer Report in 1997, moving to South Africa. Served as National Public Radio's chief Africa corresondent (1997-99); since 1999 has been CNN's Johannesburg bureau chief. Author of In My Place (1992), a memoir.