Wil Haygood

Johanna Lawshea

Wil Haygood is currently the Wiepking Visiting Distinguished Professor in the department of media, journalism, and film at Miami University, Ohio. For nearly three decades he was a journalist, serving as a national and foreign correspondent at The Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and then at The Washington Post, where he wrote the story “A Butler Well Served by this Election,” which became the basis for the award-winning motion picture The Butler. Haygood is recipient of both a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Haygood’s book The Butler: A Witness to History has been translated into a dozen foreign languages. His biographies of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., and Sugar Ray Robinson have all garnered wide acclaim. In Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America (Knopf), Haygood details the life and career of one of the most transformative legal minds of the past one hundred years.