Cameron McWhirter

Cameron McWhirter, author of Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black AmericaCameron McWhirter is a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Based in Atlanta, he covers politics, economics, breaking news and other subjects. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Hamilton College, where he majored in history, and he earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to joining the Journal in 2010, he worked for several news organizations including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Detroit News, reporting in various cities across the U.S. as well as Bosnia, Iraq, Costa Rica and other countries. He has been awarded a Thomas J. Watson fellowship for research in Eritrea and the Sudan, and a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University. He is the author of Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America (Henry Holt, 2011). He lives in Decatur, Georgia, with his wife, two children, two dogs, two rabbits, a cat and a hive of honey bees.


     Charles Darwin, in his oft-quoted section in “Origin of Species,” employs the metaphor of the Great Tree of Life:      As we here and there see a thin straggling branch springing from a fork low down in a tree, and which by some chance has been favoured and is still alive…