Celebrating Georgia's Pulitzer Prize Winners

First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary presented by AJC

Saturday, 5:30-6:15

As the Pulitzer Prizes celebrate their centennial, three Georgia winners read the work of three long-ago Pulitzer Prize winners.


Hank Klibanoff

Hank Klibanoff, who won a Pulitzer Prize for a book about the news coverage of the civil rights struggle in the South, is the James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism at Emory University. He also serves as director of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University (coldcases.emory.edu), for which undergraduates are examining Georgia history through the prism of unsolved or unpunished racially motivated murders that occurred in the state during the modern civil rights era. A native of Alabama, Klibanoff joined Emory at the close of a 36-year career in newspapers in Mississippi and at The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he had served as managing editor for news. Klibanoff and his co-author, Gene Roberts, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in history for their book, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle,and the Awakening of a Nation.

Michael Luckovich


1984 – 85 Greenville News

1985 – 89 New Orleans Times - Picayune

1989 – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


1986 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

1990 Overseas Press Club Winner

1992 National Headliner Award Winner

1993 Overseas Press Club

1994 Robert F. Kennedy Award for cartoons that reflect positively on the disadvantaged

1995 Pulitzer Prize

2006 Pulitzer Prize

2006 Rueben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year (Awarded by the National Cartoonists Society)

2006 National Headliner Award

2006 Thomas Nast Award

2006 Sigma Delta Chi Award

Syndicated in 150 Newspapers

Most frequently reprinted cartoonist in Newsweek, 15 years running.

Book of cartoons published by Simon and Schuster. (1996)

Book of cartoons, “Four More Wars” published in 2006

Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of four collections of poetry, Domestic Work (2000), Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002), Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, Thrall, (2012). Her book of non-fiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Emory University she is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing.


Alison Hastings

Alison Hastings has spent almost 2 decades performing in many theatres around Atlanta, including Georgia Shakespeare, The Alliance, 7 Stages, Zoetic Dance Ensemble, Syncronicity Theatre, PushPush and the place she calls home ... Dad's Garage Theatre where she directed 44 Plays for 44 Presidents along with several other plays. She was the Readers Pick for Best Female Actor in the Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta from 2007-2011 and 2015. She has been featured in several short films including RED, AWAKE and the award-winning short film SUPERHERO. She is currently co-writing a sketch comedy show called U UP? opening at Dad's Garage in early 2017 as well as writing a self-produced 9 webisode series called "Storm Renders Compass Useless. She is an FSU graduate.

Alison is a full time hatha yoga instructor and senior teacher at Kashi Atlanta: Urban Yoga Ashram. She is honored to be part of a Kashi program offering yoga to inmates at the DeKalb County Jail.