Jennifer Berry Hawes
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter at The Post and Courier

Jennifer Berry Hawes is a reporter at The Post and Courier in Charleston, where she works on the Watchdog and Public Service team, which focuses on investigations and other in-depth stories. She was part of the team that produced “Till Death Do Us Part,” a series about domestic violence that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2015. She also was a Pulitzer finalist in feature writing in 2019 for a series of stories that re-examined the 1944 execution of George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old African American youth, and clues that point to a wealthy white man as the real killer. Her new book, Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness, chronicles the Emanuel AME Church shooting and its impact on the survivors and victims’ loved ones. Jennifer graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago and now lives in Charleston with her husband and two children.


Jennifer has appeared on all the major cable TV news networks to discuss the Emanuel shooting, Dylann Roof’s trial, and her new book. She has been interviewed by The Washington Post and on multiple NPR shows, national Christian radio, and regional NPR affiliates, among many others. She has delivered talks about Grace Will Lead Us Home at many bookstores, including Parnassus in Tennessee and Litchfield Books in South Carolina, as well as the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta. She also delivered the keynote address at the annual gala of a major AME church in Charleston and delivered an address at the Call Me Mister Leadership Institute at Clemson University.

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Grace Will Lead Us HomeThe Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness
St. Martin's Press

A deeply moving work of narrative nonfiction on the tragic shootings at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jennifer Berry Hawes.

From the Ashes of Hate, God’s Faithful Spread Love Does God allow tragedy to happen? It’s hard to imagine how anything good came out of an event as tragic as the Emanuel AME Church shooting. Yet, good has resulted. Out of sorrow rose new nonprofits and foundations, charitable events, unity marches, outreaches and unlikely friendships between churches.

Listen to Hawes talk about the Emanuel AME Church shooting anniversary with an AME minister on the NPR show 1A with Joshua Johnson.

NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Jennifer Berry Hawes about Grace Will Lead Us Home on the Weekend Edition Sunday.

NPR’s The Takeaway with John Hockenberry interviewed Hawes when Dylann Roof’s sentencing trial began in 2017.

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