|Creator:||Holliman, John, 1948-1998|
|Title:||John Holliman papers|
|Quantity:||8.2 Linear feet (20 document boxes, 1 half box)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of notes and research papers of John Holliman, written in his capacity as journalist and reporter for CNN. Some of the topics covered are NASA, asteroids, Ronald Reagan, and Three Mile Island.|
Journalist John Holliman was born in Thomaston, Georgia on October 23, 1948. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, Holliman worked for WGAU-AM in Athens, Georgia and later the Associated Press Radio Network. In 1976, he received a Peabody Award for his documentary, “The Garden Plot – Food as a Weapon in International Diplomacy.” CNN hired Holliman as part of the network’s original reporting team in 1980, and he was the first correspondent in its Washington, D.C. bureau. He began by covering agricultural stories for the station, but also covered the White House, the student protests at Tiananmen Square, and most consistently the U.S. Space Program. Holliman gained national attention as one of only three reporters in Baghdad to cover the allied attack on the Iraqi capital during the Gulf War in 1991. The group famously became known as the “Boys of Baghdad.” The three (Holliman, Peter Arnett, and Bernard Shaw) won a Peabody Award for their wartime reporting. Holliman spent eighteen years with CNN before dying in a car wreck near his home in Snellville, Georgia on September 12, 1998.
The John Holliman papers are comprised of his research files, written and compiled in his capacity as a reporter for CNN, spanning the years 1981-1998. The collection is divided into two series: professional files (subdivided into subject files and working files) and photographs. The vast majority of the professional files series are alphabetically arranged subject-based research files that include news report scripts, press releases, hearing transcripts, wire report printouts, press kits, memos, news clippings, and occasional correspondence. The strength of the subject files deal with NASA and the U.S. Space program, including the Challenger disaster in 1986. Other topics covered include Three Mile Island, Ronald Reagan’s first administration, and health issues. There is very little documentation of his involvement in the coverage of the Gulf War, for which he gained national attention. The photograph series includes promotional images of Holliman, along with photographs separated from the subject files.
Arranged into 2 series; subject files in alphabetical order.
John Holliman papers, ms 3131. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
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