Last year, UNC–Chapel Hill began courting Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to come teach at the Hussman School of Journalism. But when her tenure recommendation landed in front of the school’s board of trustees, it refused to take a vote, leaving her application in limbo. After months of public pressure and lobbying by students and faculty, Hannah-Jones was offered tenure—but not before she’d decided to teach at Howard University instead.
How did UNC’s board of trustees cost the school such a coveted appointment? And how deep did the political divisions over Hannah-Jones’ hiring get?
Guest: Joe Killian, investigative reporter at NC Policy Watch.
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