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Walter G. Harrington (1950-) is Emeritus Professor of Journalism in the College of Media at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the UIUC faculty, Professor Harrington was a nationally recognized journalist at the Washington Post Magazine where he published articles on Spike Lee, Jerry Falwell, Joe Kennedy, and Rosa Parks, among others. He is also known for his interviews with Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush and he is the author or editor of eight books. Professor Harrington has received numerous academic and professional awards including an honorary doctorate from Blackburn College (2007), a regional Emmy award for the PBS documentary film, The Everlasting Stream, and the Gustavus Myers Award for the Study of Human Rights in the U.S. for the book Crossings. In addition to his professional and academic work, Professor Harrington also served in the administrative roles of Associate Chancellor (2005-2007), Interim Dean of the College of Media (2009-2010), and as Head of the Department of Journalism (2004-2009).
The papers of Walt Harrington consist of interview notes, interview transcripts, tape recordings, correspondence, photos, a DVD, published books and articles, and early journalistic writing. Of particular note is correspondence - in both photocopied and original form - with and by members of the Bush family.
This collection is organized into six series. Series 1: Articles and Books, 1967-2015, organized chronologically; Series 2: Interview Files- George H.W. and George W. Bush, 1972-2011, organized alphabetically; Series 3: Interview Files- Jerry Falwell and Jesse Jackson, 1986-1988, organized alphabetically; Series 4: Magazine Article Files, 1984-1995, organized alphabetically; Series 5: Interview Files- Crossings: A White Man's Journey into Black America, 1989-1998, organized alphabetically; Series 6: Interview Files- The Everlasting Stream: A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friendship, and Family, 1999, organized alphabetically.