The State of Things
11:05 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Meet W. Hodding Carter III


Host Frank Stasio talks with W. Hodding Carter III, now a professor of leadership and public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about his life as a journalist and as an advocate.

W. Hodding Carter III was the face of President Jimmy Carter's administration during the 444 days that American hostages were held by Islamic militants in Iran. Hodding Carter, the son of a Mississippi newspaperman who fought against the injustices of Jim Crow, never planned a career in politics. He inherited a love for journalism and eventually became editor of his father's paper, the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville, Mississippi. Gradually, Hodding Carter stopped just observing and writing about the movement for equality, and joined it instead. This led him down a road that would take him out of journalism and into politics.

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