Wil Haygood is the Boadway Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in the Department of Media, Journalism & Film. Prior to joining the Miami faculty, he was a national and foreign correspondent at the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and also where he was taken hostage in Africa by Somalian rebels. He joined the Washington Post in 2002, where he wrote the story, "A Butler Well Served by this Election," which became the basis for the award-winning film "The Butler," which starred, among others, Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams, and Cuba Gooding Jr. Haygood was an associate producer of "The Butler."
Wil Haygood is a Fellow of the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Alicia Patterson foundations. He is the author of seven nonfiction books. His latest book, "Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America," was awarded the 2016 Scribe Book Award from the American Society of Legal Writers, given annually since 1961 to the best book about American law. “Showdown” was also an NAACP Image Award nominee and an Andrew Carnegie Medal of Excellence nominee. Among Haygood's other books are "Two on the River," "King of the Cats: the Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr." "The Haygoods of Columbus: A Family Memoir," "In Black and White: the Life of Sammy Davis Jr.," "Sweet Thunder: the Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson," and "The Butler."