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Writer, Professor and Knight Chair, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

Citigroup Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2006


Haynes Johnson was a Pulitzer Prize winner in journalism held the Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of Maryland. He authored or co-authored 14 books, five of which became national bestsellers. For many years he was a familiar presence on such TV programs as PBS’s Washington Week in Review and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and before that, as a commentator on NBC’s Today show. After three years in the US Army, during the Korean War, he earned an MA in American history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and then began his career as a social historian and journalist with the Washington Star and Washington Post, covering events at home and abroad and the activities of every president since Eisenhower. In 1966 he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished national reporting of the civil rights crisis in Selma, Alabama. He held academic appointments at Princeton, Berkeley, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, and The Brookings Institution. His last book, The Age of Anxiety, was a narrative history of the links between the Cold War era and the present age of terrorism.

 

Johnson died in May 2013.