Hodding Carter III

Johanna Lawshea

Hodding Carter III is professor of leadership and public policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  He came to that post after nearly eight years as President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which has a major interest in media freedom and improvement.  A longtime reporter and editor on his family’s daily newspaper in Greenville, Mississippi, he joined the Jimmy Carter administration as Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs and Department Spokesman.  In 1980, he left the State Department and was among the founders and anchor/chief correspondent of Inside Story, a PBS program on media criticism.  His PBS work won four national Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow Award.  He is the author of or contributor to eleven books, including After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy, and Security in the Information Age (Thomas Dunne Books) as well many major newspapers at home and abroad.  He has served on the board of the Center for Public Integrity and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.