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Jerry Mitchell is an award-winning investigative reporter and author of the forthcoming book Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era. In this incredible true story, Mitchell takes readers on the road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the civil rights movement, decades after the fact. His work played a central role in bringing killers to justice for the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, and the Mississippi Burning case. Mitchell reveals how he unearthed secret documents, found long-lost suspects and witnesses, and eventually built up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan.

His work has also inspired others to reopen long-forgotten cold cases. Since 1989, authorities in Mississippi and six other states have reexamined killings from the civil rights era, leading to 24 convictions. His stories have also exposed injustices and corruption, prompting investigations, reforms of state agencies, and the firings of boards and officials. His reporting also led to the oldest conviction in a serial killer case in U.S. history — nearly 54 years between his first known murder and his conviction.

Mitchell has been a reporter in Mississippi for over 30 years, joining The Clarion-Ledger in 1986. He has won more than 30 national awards, including a MacArthur “genius grant,” the George Polk Award, Columbia University’s John Chancellor Award, and the Sidney Hillman Prize. He is also a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a longtime member of the Investigative Reporter & Editors.

He has been profiled by Nightline, USA Today, The New York Times, and others and he has appeared as an expert on CNN, PBS Newshour, and other programs. He is the founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit that is raising up a new generation of investigative reporters.

He is also a successful screenwriter. He and co-writer Michael Roden sold their screenplay on the Emmett Till story to Amblin, which is producing the film starring Taraji P. Henson as Till’s mother.

In addition to his writing, Mitchell is an inspiring speaker. In June 2005, he served as the commencement speaker for more than 10,000 graduates at Queens College, where Andy Goodman once attended. And four months later, he spoke at the dedication of the National Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama — an event attended by thousands. He regularly shares his stories of justice and redemption, speaking at the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and colleges and universities across America.

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Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era

Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era

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Jerry Mitchell

Award-Winning Investigative Reporter & Author

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Jerry Mitchell Biography

Jerry Mitchell is an award-winning investigative reporter and author of the forthcoming book Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era. In this incredible true story, Mitchell takes readers on the road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the civil rights movement, decades after the fact. His work played a central role in bringing killers to justice for the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, and the Mississippi Burning case. Mitchell reveals how he unearthed secret documents, found long-lost suspects and witnesses, and eventually built up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan.

His work has also inspired others to reopen long-forgotten cold cases. Since 1989, authorities in Mississippi and six other states have reexamined killings from the civil rights era, leading to 24 convictions. His stories have also exposed injustices and corruption, prompting investigations, reforms of state agencies, and the firings of boards and officials. His reporting also led to the oldest conviction in a serial killer case in U.S. history — nearly 54 years between his first known murder and his conviction.

Mitchell has been a reporter in Mississippi for over 30 years, joining The Clarion-Ledger in 1986. He has won more than 30 national awards, including a MacArthur “genius grant,” the George Polk Award, Columbia University’s John Chancellor Award, and the Sidney Hillman Prize. He is also a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a longtime member of the Investigative Reporter & Editors.

He has been profiled by Nightline, USA Today, The New York Times, and others and he has appeared as an expert on CNN, PBS Newshour, and other programs. He is the founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit that is raising up a new generation of investigative reporters.

He is also a successful screenwriter. He and co-writer Michael Roden sold their screenplay on the Emmett Till story to Amblin, which is producing the film starring Taraji P. Henson as Till’s mother.

In addition to his writing, Mitchell is an inspiring speaker. In June 2005, he served as the commencement speaker for more than 10,000 graduates at Queens College, where Andy Goodman once attended. And four months later, he spoke at the dedication of the National Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama — an event attended by thousands. He regularly shares his stories of justice and redemption, speaking at the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and colleges and universities across America.

Jerry Mitchell Videos

  • 2019: The Four Hundredth — Film Short #3: Jerry Mitchell - YouTube
  • The Gift of Living Fearlessly | Jerry Mitchell | TEDxHardingU - YouTube
    Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter for The Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, shares how his pursuit of justice in long forgotten...

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  • How much does it cost to book Jerry Mitchell?

    Booking fees for Jerry Mitchell, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jerry Mitchell, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jerry Mitchell?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jerry Mitchell for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jerry Mitchell for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jerry Mitchell or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jerry Mitchell or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jerry Mitchell is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jerry Mitchell for your event is available upon request. Jerry Mitchell generally travels from Jackson, MS, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jon Meacham, Sierra Crane Murdoch, Eilene Zimmerman, Jessica Simpson and Brandon Taylor. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jerry Mitchell for an upcoming event.

Jerry Mitchell Speaker Videos

  • 2019: The Four Hundredth — Film Short #3: Jerry Mitchell - YouTube
    The Gift of Living Fearlessly | Jerry Mitchell | TEDxHardingU - YouTube
    Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter for The Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, shares how his pursuit of justice in long forgotten killings ...

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