WSJ’s Blackmon to Hit Campaign Trail for WaPo

WSJ‘s Douglas Blackmon is moving to the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and WaPo. He will chair of the university’s Forum Program. Come March he will become a contributing editor at WaPo, focusing on national coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign.

Blackmon won the 2009 Pulitzer for nonfiction for Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement  of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. He is co-executive producer of a documentary film based on the book, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this month and will air on PBS on Feb. 13. Directed by filmmaker Sam Pollard, the film was made with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kellogg Foundation, and corporate sponsors.

Blackmon’s start in journalism… Blackmon joined WSJ in 1995 as a reporter in Atlanta. Prior to joining the Journal, Blackmon was a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where he covered race and politics in Atlanta. Previously, he was a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat in 1986-1987 and co-owner and managing editor of the Daily Record from 1987 to 1989, both in Little Rock, Ark.

Raised in Leland, Miss., Blackmon penned his first newspaper story for the weekly Leland Progress at age 12. He received his degree in English from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark.