On Friday, April 8, Fred Anklam, Hank Klibanoff and Leslie McLemore will participate in the panel discussion “Journalism and Social Change,” moderated by Charles Overby. The event will be at noon in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex at Millsaps College. The panel is taking place in partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Overby Center at the University of Mississippi. It is one of three discussions at different locations in the state, each of which will examine journalism’s role in public life, while including different panelists and themes.
The all-star panel:
- Fred Anklam, a longtime editor at USA Today, who recently returned to Mississippi to serve as inaugural co-editor of the Mississippi News and Information Corporation, a new digital-only nonprofit, nonpartisan news service covering Mississippi government;
- Les McLemore, the founding director of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, who has worked in Mississippi for many years as an educator, activist and higher education administrator;
- Hank Klibanoff, former reporter and managing editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and deputy managing editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He also was a reporter for six years in Mississippi and three years at The Boston Globe. Klibanoff is the director of the journalism program at Emory University.
- Charles Overby will moderate the panel discussion. Overby is the former chairman and CEO of the Freedom Forum, Newseum and Diversity Institute. He serves as chairman of the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. Overby supervised the news and editorial coverage that led to The Clarion-Ledger winning the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1983.