Alumni journalists report high-stakes stories

Posted on October 10, 2022

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Chris Boyette '10

Stephen J. Berry ’84 MA and Chris Boyette ’10 represent two generations of UNCG alumni working to tell important fact-based stories.

While at UNCG, Berry focused on American history with a specialty in the Civil Rights Movement. As a reporter working for The Orlando Sentinel, Berry and a colleague earned a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for investigative reporting that uncovered racial targeting in the unlawful seizure of millions of dollars from motorists by a sheriff department’s drug squad.

His highly respected “Watchdog Journalism: The Art of Investigative Reporting” (Oxford University Press) laid out a high standard of performance and an ethical reporting regimen.

Boyette is a national news editor at CNN who chases stories and works with writers, correspondents, and producers to bring those stories to viewers. He was awarded an Emmy for his work on the network’s coverage of the murder of George Floyd and the protests that followed nationwide.

“Some of the best journalists in the world worked together to cover this story. It was a difficult story to tell in many ways,” he said. “We knew we had to tell our audiences the story, and we had to get the story right.”

Read more about our alumni in the current issue of UNCG magazine.

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