Jerry Mitchell, Mississippi journalist
Jerry Mitchell is a justice reporter for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, MS. His investigative reporting led to the reopening of 1960s civil-rights murder cases and convictions of four Ku Klux Klan members. For his investigative work, Mitchell has won more than 20 national awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service. Mitchell received his master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University in 1997, where he attended the Kiplinger Reporting Program.
He received the Associated Press’ Outstanding Writing Award for his book The Preacher and the Klansman. He is also the author of Genetic Disaster, describing his family’s battle against a rare genetic ailment.
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Journalist Jerry Mitchell, a justice reporter for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, MS, whose investigative reporting led to the reopening of 1960s civil rights cases, talks about his efforts to bring Byron De La Beckwith, the Ku Klux Klan member who murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers, to justice.