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Release Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:54 PM
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Acclaimed Journalist Wil Haygood to Visit the
School of Communications as Hearst Visiting Scholar
Wil Haygood

WASHINGTON (January 30, 2014) - The Howard University School of Communications, in collaboration with the Hearst Visiting Professionals Endowment program, presents the 2014 Hearst Visiting Scholar lecture featuring award-winning journalist and author Wil Haygood.  The lecture, titled: “From the Haygoods of Columbus to The Butler,” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Screening Room West of the C. B. Powell Building.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Additionally, Haygood will participate in class discussions and meetings with students and faculty during the week of February 3. 

Wil Haygood is an awarding winning journalist at The Washington Post and author of several books.  His story about White House staffer Eugene Allen is the basis for the film "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Haygood was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist when he was a national and foreign correspondent at The Boston Globe.  Biographies written by this award winning journalist include “King of Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.,” "Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson," and "In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr."

Through the Hearst Visiting Professionals Endowment, leading journalists visit select campuses for a week, a semester or a series of lectures.  The Hearst Foundation has supported the program at Howard University since the late 1970s.  Recent Hearst Visiting Professionals have included Ron Nixon, a national correspondent for The New York Times, who teaches Advanced Reporting & Writing.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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