Hank Klibanoff serves as director and co-teacher of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University, where he is the James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism. A native of Alabama, Klibanoff joined Emory after more than 30 years as a reporter and editor at print and online newspapers in Mississippi and at The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Klibanoff and co-author Gene Roberts won a Pulitzer Prize in history in 2007 for The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation (Knopf).
Klibanoff also works with professional journalists on the broader Civil Rights Cold Case Project (www.coldcases.org), which uses investigative reporting to dig out the truth behind unsolved racial murders that took place during the civil rights era across the South. He is on the John Chancellor Excellence in Journalism Award Committee at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the advisory board of the National Press Foundation, the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellowships Advisory Board, and the advisory board of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. He serves as chairman of the advisory board of VOX Teen Communications, an Atlanta non-profit youth development organization.
Klibanoff earned his bachelors degree at Washington University in St. Louis and his masters degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Both universities have honored him as a distinguished alumnus.