Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Born (1945-10-08) October 8, 1945 (age 69)[citation needed]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[citation needed]
Occupation Journalist, author, radio personality

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an American author and media critic.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

His father, Earl Hutchinson Sr., is the lead author of A Colored Man's Journey Through 20th Century Segregated America published by Middle Passage Press.[citation needed]

He has written that he grew up in South Los Angeles.[2] He attended California State University, Los Angeles.[citation needed]


Hutchinson is the author of nine books about the African American experience.[3] He is the director of the National Alliance for Positive Action, and is a contributor to a variety of news outlets and websites on varying topics concerning politics and race,[3][4][5][6] and is often interviewed for various print and broadcast outlets.[7][8]

For years he hosted the live call-in program The Hutchinson Report on Pacifica Radio outlet KPFK-FM radio in Los Angeles featuring his commentary and the voices of listener-callers, and he has appeared frequently as a guest commentator on several U.S. network television programs since the 1990s, offering his often well-reasoned and arguably moderate takes on topical, breaking and controversial news stories.

Hutchinson's 1996 book Betrayed: The Presidential Failure to Protect Black Lives shed light on the 1964 murders of two African American teenagers by Ku Klux Klansman James Ford Seale.[4] Seale was eventually tried and convicted, and in August 2007 he was sentenced to three consecutive life terms.[9]

Hutchinson is the founder of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable (LAUPR), which sponsors community forums and provides grant funding to nonprofit grassroots organizations. The LAUPR's Impact Micro Awards are made to support organizations and individuals that have a proven track record of commitment to building community sustainability projects, activities, and service. Grantees have included the Harmony Project (formerly the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles), Eso Won Books in Los Angeles's Leimert Park district, the Korean American Historical Society and Centro Latino for Literacy.

Hutchinson has addressed, among many other "sensitive" issues, the controversy about Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust, accusing the former pontiff of being complicit in the crimes of the Nazis and opposing his sainthood.[10]

Personal life[edit]

His daughter Sikivu Hutchinson is a feminist atheist activist and author.[citation needed]



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