Cynthia Tucker Haynes was inducted into The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
Cynthia Tucker, former editorial page editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, was introduced by veteran WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson.
[Biography from The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame 2017 award and program.]
Cynthia Tucker was born in Monroeville, Alabama, during the early years of the civil rights movement. She graduated from Auburn University, where she wrote for the student newspaper. After graduation, she went to work as a reporter with the Atlanta Journal.
In 1980, Tucker left for the Philadelphia Inquirer, but she resigned to travel through Africa for six months as a freelance journalist. In 1983, she returned to the Atlanta Journal as a columnist and editorial writer, becoming associate editorial page editor of the Atlanta Constitution in 1986.
Tucker was promoted to editorial page editor in 1992. She was the first woman and first African American to hold the position, remaining in that post — through the merger of the Journal and Constitution — for 17 years.
In 2007, Tucker won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her columns and editorials in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She was also a finalist in 2004 and 2006.
Her often controversial but always bold and unflinching columns and editorials, critiquing America’s post civil-rights-era policies and programs, and holding politicians and other public officials accountable — liberal and conservative, black and white — have earned Cynthia Tucker national acclaim as one of the nation’s foremost opinion writers and commentators.
Cynthia Tucker Haynes accepts The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame award from veteran WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
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Tribute video production by: Richard Crabbe, Kettle Creek Media, photo journalist; Jon Shirek, WXIA-TV and Hall of Fame Event Chair, writing and producing; and Jaye Watson, Director of Brand Awareness for the Emory Brain Health Center (formerly with 11Alive), narration.
The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame inductees — (left to right) Cynthia Tucker Haynes, Aubrey Morris’ widow Tera Morris, Fred Kalil, and Douglas Blackmon — hold their awards. Photo: Facebook.