Juan Williams

Susan Dankel speaks with NPR Senior Correspondent about media, race, and the state of civil rights in America today.

Wilmington NC – Juan Williams, one of America's leading journalists, is a senior correspondent for Morning Edition. He also works on documentaries and participates in NPR's efforts to explore television opportunities. Knowledgeable and charismatic, he brings insight, depth and humor -- hallmarks of NPR programs -- to a wide spectrum of issues and ideas.

On Thursday,January 22nd, Juan Williams visited Wilmington to speak at UNCW. His MLK Commemorative Speach "Eyes on the Prize: The Truths of American Race Relations" examined race and culture in the context of the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. the Board of Education.

Mr. Williams also stopped by the studios of WHQR and spoke with General Manager Susan Dankel.

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From 2000-2001, Williams hosted NPR's national call-in show Talk of the Nation. In that role, he brought the program to cities and towns across America for monthly radio "town hall" meetings before live audiences. The town hall meetings were a part of The Changing Face of America, a year-long NPR series focused on how Americans are dealing with rapid changes in society and culture as the United States enters the 21st century. The series, supported by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, involves monthly pieces airing on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as Talk of the Nation.

Williams is the author of the critically acclaimed biography, Thurgood Marshall - American Revolutionary, which was released in paperback in February 2000. He is also the author of the nonfiction bestseller Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965.

During his 21-year career at The Washington Post, Williams served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist, and White House reporter. He has won an Emmy award for TV documentary writing and won widespread critical acclaim for a series of documentaries including Politics - The New Black Power. Articles by Williams have appeared in magazines ranging from Newsweek, Fortune, and The Atlantic Monthly to Ebony, Gentlemen's Quarterly, and The New Republic.

Williams continues to be a contributing political analyst for the Fox News Channel and a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday. He has also appeared on numerous television programs, including Nightline, Washington Week in Review, Oprah, CNN's Crossfire (where he frequently served as co-host), and Capitol Gang Sunday.

A graduate of Haverford College, Williams received a B.A. in philosophy in 1976. Currently, he sits on a number of boards, including the Haverford College Board of Trustees, the Aspen Institute of Communications and Society Program, Washington Journalism Center, and the New York Civil Rights Coalition.