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Biographers Ned Cline and Howard E. Covington Will Talk about Lessons in Leadership April 21

Thursday, April 21: Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation Between Biographers Ned Cline and Howard E. Covington.  4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd Floor, UNCG.  FREE

 What makes a successful leader?  What sets some leaders apart from the rest?

The afternoon of April 21, 2016 offers an opportunity for seeing two extraordinary perspectives on the nature of leadership and philanthropy.  That afternoon, at 4 pm in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library at UNC Greensboro, veteran journalists and biographers Ned Cline and Howard E. Covington will engage in a conversation about the lessons in leadership they have gleaned from their books and newspaper careers. The program is free and open to the public.  Those interested in attending are asked but not required to notify Barry Miller at that they are coming.

Ned Cline is a veteran journalist and biographer, and like Howard Covington, a former chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.  He is rumored to have “retired” in 1997 from a distinguished newspaper career spanning 30 years. Ned is a self-described political junkie, and his work and his interests often took him on the road, traveling with the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George Wallace, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard where he concentrated on a study of Southern politics and was one of 20 journalists nationwide chosen for a four-month study of Congress at the Washington Journalism Center. His newspaper career began on the Salisbury Post where he concentrated on civil rights, including the inner workings of the Ku Klux Klan which helped to send the Grand Dragon to prison. During Ned’s 11-year stint as managing editor of the News and Record here in Greensboro, the newspaper was often acknowledged to have the best news coverage in the state and was three times named the best overall in North Carolina.

Ned is well qualified to talk about leadership.  Since his “retirement” he has written biographies of a number of important leaders in our state.  His first biography was of Greensboro’s own Joseph Bryan, which brought Ned into our Library on a frequent basis to use the Bryan Papers in our Archives.  He followed that biography with one of Stanley Frank, also of Greensboro, focusing on his philanthropic activities.  Biographies followed of Al Lineberry of Greensboro, Marshall Rauch of Gastonia, former Lieutenant Governor Bob Jordan from Mt. Gilead, Texas oilman-turned-benefactor to UNC Walter Davis, and most recently former Glaxo Pharmaceuticals CEO Charles Sanders.  He also found time to write a history of the First Lutheran church in Cabarrus County, so Ned has looked at leadership from many different perspectives, centered on the theme of philanthropy.

Howard E. Covington, Jr. began his career as a reporter on the Charlotte Observer where among other achievements he co-wrote a series of articles on occupational health that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1981.  He was executive city editor of the News and Record in Greensboro when he also “retired.” Once again, no one could ever tell that he retired, as his writing continued with a series of books.

Among major works are his multi-generation biography of George Watts and the Hill family of Durham, Favored by Fortune, which received the Ragan Old North State Award for best non-fiction from the NC Literary and Historical Society.

He also wrote well-regarded biographies of Judge Henry Frye of Greensboro, former governor and US Senator Terry Sanford, philanthropist A.J. Fletcher, and Albert Coates, founder of the Institute of Government at Chapel Hill. He co-edited The North Carolina Century, Tar Heels Who Made a Difference, 1900-2000, and was co-author of The Story of Nations Bank, Changing the Face of American Banking, and the author of histories of the Belk stores, Crossnore School. His book, Lady on the Hill, which is about the private preservation of Biltmore Estate, has been reprinted several times. Once upon a City, his history of Greensboro during the 20th century was published by the Greensboro Historical Museum and was the subject of a previous talk sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries a few years ago.

For disability accommodations, please contact Barry Miller at or by calling 336-256-0112.