Carl Chancellor is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has a passion for human rights and social justice issues. For more than 20 years he was a reporter and columnist for the Knight-Ridder news service and its flagship paper, the Akron Beacon Journal. As a reporter he covered criminal justice, social services, features, education, and politics. He was on the campaign trail traveling the country during the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. In 1993 he was a lead writer on a yearlong series focusing on race relations—A Question of Color—that won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service.

Before coming to American Progress, he was a columnist and blogger for the online advocacy group writing about issues of race, poverty, and criminal justice. He also taught journalism at Howard University and contributes articles to a number of national publications, including USA Today,, and the website Civil Rights in America.

By Carl Chancellor
Of Beatles, Boomers, and Black HistoryCenter for American ProgressFebruary 18, 2014
Tension, dissent brewed for months before marchUSA TodayAugust 19, 2013
Martin Unchained: Radical Reformer, Nonviolent MilitantCenter for American ProgressJanuary 21, 2013
With America’s Kids Heading Back to the Classroom, Are Schools up to the Challenge?Center for American ProgressSeptember 4, 2012
Labor Day Celebrates the American Trifecta of Robust Unions, a Thriving Middle Class, and a Booming EconomyCenter for American ProgressAugust 31, 2012
Comparing Our Preparedness for Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane KatrinaCenter for American ProgressAugust 28, 2012
Critical Education Standards Opposed by Conservative GroupCenter for American ProgressMay 11, 2012
Voter Suppression Battle Just the Latest Fight to Protect the VoteCenter for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2012