Albert R. Hunt
By Doug Donahoo, class of 2003
It seems almost fitting that in 1999, the William Allen White School of Journalism would choose to honor Albert R. Hunt with the prestigious citation.
Hunt was representative where the journalism school was wanting to go in the next several years. Here is a newspaper writer embracing the other media: television and the Internet, in the never ending job of taking his messages to millions of people, regardless of how he used to do things.
The journalism school wanted its students to "be" Albert R. Hunt.
Today, Hunt is a mainstay on the political talk show circuit. His appearances are the A-list of talk television: CNN's Capitol Gang, NBC's Meet the Press, PBS's Washington Week in Review, and the CBS Morning News.
Hunt still writes his weekly column, Politics and People, and serves as chief Washington editor of the Wall Street Journal.
In that time Hunt has found the opportunity to give back to the journalism field through his work with the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund.
The Fund helps establish high school newspaper programs in inner-city schools, something Hunt sees as paramount importance.
"Minority representation in the newsroom has risen since the American Society of Newspaper Editors, almost a quarter century ago, set a target that newspaper employment should reflect the racial diversity of the country," Hunt said.
Through it all, Hunt holds true to his beliefs. Something else William Allen White would want students to do.
"Writing about presidential politics is like opening a vein. You just let it flow." — Albert R. Hunt, September 6, 2000 press release