UNC trustees OK tenure for journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones
Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill approved tenure Wednesday for Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, capping weeks of tension that began when a board member halted the process over questions about her teaching credentials.
(NBC News)- Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill voted to grant tenure to Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones Wednesday.
The school faced backlash from Black students and faculty who said the board’s initial failure to do so reflected a history of systemic racism at the school.
The board voted 9-4 after it met in a closed session for almost four hours.
The tenure approval came just one day before Hannah-Jones was set to officially join the Hussman School of Journalism and Media as the Knight Chair in race and investigative journalism.
The university had announced in April that Hannah-Jones, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work on the New York Times Magazine’s ‘1619 Project,’ focusing on America’s history of slavery, would be joining the journalism school’s faculty.
It said she would take up the Knight Chair in race and investigative journalism in July with a five-year contract.
Last month, it was revealed that her appointment didn’t come with tenure, a break with tradition for that position.