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Journalism professor featured in two-part international podcast about unsolved civil rights murder

Posted on: October 7th, 2019 by ldrucker

Parts 1 and 2 of an international podcast distributed by Agence France-Presse on the unsolved 1962 civil rights murder of AFP reporter Paul Guihard at Ole Miss has been released featuring University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media professor Dr. Kathleen Wickham.

Guihard was shot in the back from a foot away during a riot that accompanied the enrollment of James Meredith. The murder remains unsolved.

Part 1 of the two-part podcast, Who Killed Paul Guihard?, was released Sept. 30, the 57th anniversary of his death.

Journalism Professor Kathleen Wickham in front of the plaque honoring Paul Guihard and the 300+ reporters who covered the 1962 integration crisis.

Journalism Professor Kathleen Wickham in front of the plaque honoring Paul Guihard and the 300+ reporters who covered the 1962 integration crisis.

Both podcast episodes are about 30 minutes. Part 1 is titled Who Killed Paul Guihard? Part 2 is called Beneath the Mississippi moon, somebody better investigate soon, as a reference to Bob Dylan’s song Oxford Town.

Part 1 of the podcast has been published on the AFP Correspondent blog and is available to listen to at this link: https://correspondent.afp.com/who-killed-paul-guihard-part-1-podcast

Here is Part 2 of the podcast: https://correspondent.afp.com/who-killed-paul-guihard-part-2-podcast

Dr. Wickham was interviewed for the podcast in the spring while teaching at the University of Rennes in Brittany.

Guihard spent his teenage years in St. Malo on the Brittany coast while the city was under German occupation during WWII. He is featured in her book We Believe We Were Immortal: Twelve Reporters Who Covered the 1962 Integration Crisis at Ole Miss.

Wickham is joined on the podcast by Sidna Brower, the 1962 Mississippian editor; Alain Guihard, Paul’s brother, and Hank Klibanoff, co-author of The Race Beat. Jeffrey Reed, sound engineer for Thacker Mountain Radio, provided background audio.

The Ole Miss student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists installed a memorial bench in honor of Guihard in 2009. It is located between Farley Hall and the Honors College. The following year, SPJ named the Ole Miss campus a national historic site in journalism. At the time, Dr. Wickham was chapter adviser.

The podcast aired or was posted by Mississippi Today, Mississippi Public Radio and will air on the campus radio station WUMS 92.1 at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.

To listen to a link of the podcast trailer on SoundCloud, click this link: https://soundcloud.com/user-650603822/who-killed-paul-guihard-trailer

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