“Buried Truths” acknowledges and unearths still-relevant stories of injustice, racism, and resistance in the American South. We can’t change our history, but we can let it guide us to understanding. The podcast is hosted by journalist, professor, and Pulitzer-prize-winning author Hank Klibanoff.
Season 1 tells the story of Isaiah Nixon, a father of six who, in 1948, exercised his right to vote and paid with his life. Isaiah’s story provides insight into voter suppression, disenfranchisement, and much more.
Season 2 tells the story of A.C. Hall, a black teenager who was mistakenly identified as a gun thief in 1962, Macon, Georgia. Through A.C.’s story, host Hank Klibanoff examines police privilege, racial conditioning, community activism, and much more.
Season 3 investigates the 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery, and reveals details about the case that are at once both disheartening and inspiring.
“Buried Truths” has been widely recognized for its deep, historical understanding, intensive research, and moving storytelling – winning the 2021 Silver Gavel Award for the third season of Buried Truths, a Peabody Award, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award, Edward R. Murrow Award, and a Webby honoree.
The 86 students who have studied and investigated the James Brazier and Willie Countryman cases as part of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases class at Emory, 2012-2022
Spring 2012 – James Brazier
Fall 2012 – James Brazier
Mary Claire Kelly
Fall 2013 – James Brazier
Spring 2014 – James Brazier
Dania De La Cruz
Lamon Cherry III
Fall 2019 – James Brazier
Fall 2021 – James Brazier, Willie Countryman
Fall 2022 – James Brazier, Willie Countryman
Meet the Host
Meet Hank Klibanoff
Hank Klibanoff is a veteran journalist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a son of the South. Hank co-authored The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for history. A native of Alabama, Hank was a reporter and editor for more than 35 years at Mississippi newspapers, The Boston Globe and The Philadelphia Inquirer before serving as managing editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He holds an undergraduate degree in English from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Hank is currently a professor at Emory University, where he directs the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project.