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(April 9, 1930- ) Born George Reese Cleghorn in Lyerly, Georgia. Graduated from Emory in 1950 with journalism degree, after which served with the U.S. Air Force in Germany (1951-52). From 1954-58 was editor and reporter for Associated Press in New York and Atlanta; also received master's degree in public law and government from Columbia University, 1956. Reported on civil rights movement from Atlanta for Atlanta Journal and national magazines; served as associate editor of Atlanta Journal (1963-69); project director for the Southern Regional Council (1969-71), editing monthly South Today; editorial page editor, Charlotte Observer (1971-76), and associate editor of Detroit Free Press (1976-80). Currently professor at Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, of which he was dean from 1981 to 2000, and president emeritus of American Journalism Review. Author of Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Arrival of Negroes in Southern Politics (1967, with Pat Watters).