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Lee Hawkins      

News Editor and On-Camera Reporter for The Wall Street Journal & Author of "Nobody's Slave: How Uncovering My Family's History Set Me Free"

Lee Hawkins is a News Editor and Education reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he has worked for nearly 20 years reporting across a variety of platforms, including print, digital, video, television, and audio. Hawkins's print reporting and on-camera interviews have appeared on numerous platforms, including WSJ’s video platforms and YouTube channel, as well as NPR, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and Fox Business News Network. Additionally, Hawkins is a four-time winner of the National Association of Black Journalists' "Salute to Excellence Award," and a Logan Nonfiction Fellowship recipient.

He is also the author of the book, "Nobody's Slave: How Uncovering My Family's History Set Me Free," which has been called "a Roots for the 21st Century." For his continuing work on the book, he was awarded a national fellowship from the USC Fund for Journalism on Child Well-Being for Reporting on Childhood Trauma, focusing on the long-term of effects of intergenerational trauma triggered by racial violence, and the resulting Adverse Childhood Experiences experienced by generations of black children through the periods of slavery and Jim Crow segregation.

Speech Topics

Martin Luther King Holiday Programs

Black History Month Programs

"America's Legacy of Racial Trauma and How We Can Heal"



Lee Hawkins: The Ripple Effect of Racial Trauma

Our family’s genealogy affects us psychologically and emotionally.

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