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‘Protect Nikole’: Emails reveal UNC dean asked ABC News for favorable Nikole Hannah-Jones coverage.

Angela Morabito, Campus Reform

Emails obtained by Campus Reform show a University of North Carolina dean telling an ABC News reporter to “protect” Nikole Hannah-Jones during her ongoing battle for tenure.

In late May, ABC Deputy Political Director Averi Harper emailed UNC Journalism and Media Dean Susan King to ask why Hannah-Jones had not been granted tenure. King told her that the Board of Trustees had declined to consider Hannah-Jones’ application package, adding:

“Protect Nikole. She deserves it and I’m doing all I can to make this right. We really want her here.”

Hannah-Jones, author of the “1619 Project” and sought-after college guest speaker, was being considered for a tenured position despite having never taught a college course.

King told Harper, “She deserves tenure. Her package is perhaps the best I’ve ever seen.”

Though UNC’s Board of Trustees voted on June 30 to grant tenure, Hannah-Jones turned them down and instead accepted a professorship at Howard University, her alma mater.

Averi Harper is an alumna of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

Campus Reform reached out to both Averi Harper and Dean Susan King for comment. This article will be updated accordingly.

Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @AngelaLMorabito

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