Alumni

Returning the Favor

“It's a chance for me to give back to a school that has given me so much.”

“It's a chance for me to give back to a school that has given me so much.”

Jacqueline Charles ’94 hasn’t been a stranger to Chapel Hill since her graduation.

The Pulitzer PrizeOpens in new window finalist, Emmy-awardOpens in new window winning, Distinguished Alumna AwardeeOpens in new window will be returning to Carolina to speak to the UNC School of Media and Journalism 2019 graduates in May.

“It’s a chance for me to give back to a school that has given me so much,” she shared. “I had great professors who continued to encourage me even after I graduated.”

Charles remembers the impact visiting journalists had on her as a student at the school, and how she’d dream of a future journalism career and the opportunity to be invited back to share what she’d learned with students on campus.

“Journalism today is changing,” Charles noted recently. “Today I am not just a reporter, but I am a multimedia journalist. I intend to not only change with the times, but to continue to do what I do”

“Carolina is not only where I honed my skills as a reporter,” Charles added,  “but it’s where I learned the power of activism. I learned early on that I can indeed change things.”

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