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Kathleen Wickham to Discuss Journalist's Murder on MPB Show

Kathleen Wickham, a professor of journalism in the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media, will discuss her new book, “We Believed We Were Immortal: 12 Reporters Who Covered the 1962 Integration Crisis at Ole Miss,” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s “Conversations” with host Marshall Ramsey.
In the book, Wickham traces the footsteps of 12 American journalists and examines the unsolved murder of Paul Guihard, a French reporter who was the only journalist killed during the civil rights movement.

Kathleen Wickham and Marshall Ramsey
Ole Miss journalism professor Kathleen Wickham talks to Marshall Ramsey about her book on “Conversations.”

The “Conversations” episode, which first aired Sunday, Nov. 12, will be repeated Thursday, Nov. 15, at 10 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 11:30 a.m.
The segment includes a short video written by Kathleen Wickham and Larry Wells and edited and narrated by Mykki Newton. In the video, Wickham and fellow journalists Jerry Mitchell, Hank Klibanoff and Dan Rather are shown discussing Guihard’s murder at the 2010 UM ceremony dedicating a historical marker erected at Farley Hall in Guihard’s memory.
As James Meredith has observed, the strength of the book comes from “the reporters Wickham chose to write about.” Those reporters are Claude Sitton of The New York Times; Karl Fleming of Newsweek; Sidna Brower, the Daily Mississippian student editor; Moses Newson of the Baltimore Afro-American; CBS reporter Dan Rather; Richard Valeriani of NBC; Michael Dorman of Newsday; freelance photographer Flip Schulke; Fred Powledge of the Atlanta Journal Constitution; Texas videographer Gordon Yoder; Memphian Dorothy Gilliam of The Washington Post; and Neal Gregory of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
French journalist Paul Guilhard

Wickham previously worked as a newspaper reporter in her native New Jersey. She was drawn to the story of Paul Guihard as a symbol of the commitment and courage of the 300-plus journalists who covered the 1962 integration crisis at Ole Miss.


Special to HottyToddy.com.

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