Wil Haygood

Boadway Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence 

Wil Haygood Wil Haygood has chronicled the American story across several decades while working as both a journalist and the author of nine non-fiction books.
    As a journalist he was a national and foreign correspondent at the Boston Globe, where he covered the collapse of racial apartheid in South Africa. While covering the civil war  in Somalia, Haygood was kidnapped by rebels and released in a rescue mission staged by Pakistani troops. (It was at the Globe where Haygood was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.)
   While later at the Washington Post, Haygood wrote a story about a longtime White House butler. That story was adapted into the prize-winning film, “The Butler,” starring, among others, Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker. Haygood served as an associate producer of the film, which was directed by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels.
    In his book writing career, Haygood has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and an Alicia Patterson Fellowship. His latest book, “Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World,” was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Critics, as well as by NPR and Booklist. “Colorization” is also the basis of a forthcoming film documentary.
   In 2022, Wil Haygood received the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, an international award given by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize to “a writer whose work seeks to promote better understanding and harmony among people, cultures, and nations.”

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