Douglas Blackmon was inducted into The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
Doug Blackmon, former Wall Street Journal Atlanta bureau chief and 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for General Nonfiction for Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, was introduced by former acting attorney general Sally Yates.
[Biography from The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame 2017 award and program.]
Born in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Blackmon got his start in journalism after writing a story for the Leland (Miss.) Progress, his hometown weekly, when he was just 12 years old.
Blackmon first worked as a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat in 1985. He became co-owner and managing editor of the Daily Record, in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1987. From there, he went on to cover race and politics for the Atlanta Constitution, where his investigations into corruption at Atlanta City Hall helped lead to the convictions of eight people, including two former council members and ultimately former Mayor Bill Campbell.
In 1995, Blackmon moved to the Wall Street Journal, where he became the longtime Atlanta bureau chief and later senior national correspondent. Blackmon led the Journal’s distinguished coverage of major national stories including the failed government response to Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 hijackers’ Florida training, the emergence of the Tea Party, and coverage of the economy and politics of the South.
In 2009, Blackmon won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for his book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. He and a team of WSJ reporters were finalists for a 2011 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill. Blackmon was a member of the WSJ staff awarded a 2002 Pulitzer for breaking news coverage of the 9/11 attacks.
Blackmon is currently a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and executive producer and host of the nationally syndicated weekly public television program, American Forum.
Douglas Blackmon accepts The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame award from former acting attorney general Sally Yates at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
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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.