In the acclaimed PBS show Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, NBC's award-winning broadcast journalist Bob Faw profiles UL's Ernest Gaines.

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Gaines talks about his roots and his writing, and the burden he feels towards those who struggled before him.  On the way, Faw explores Gaines's most prominent novels:  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, A Lesson Before Dying, and A Gathering of Old Men.

In addition to Gaines, Faw interviews Dr. Marcia Gaudet, Director of Ernest J.Gaines Center in Dupré Library on the University of Louisiana campus, and Dr. John Lowe, an LSU Professor who has spent his career studying UL's Writer-In-Residence Emeritus.

Award-winning journalist Bob Faw joined NBC News as a National Correspondent in 1994.  Prior to joining NBC, Faw was with CBS News for 17 years. While there, he served as a news correspondent based in New York after joining CBS News in 1977 as a Chicago-based reporter.

Faw has received several awards for his work including a 1984 Emmy for his coverage of the Jesse Jackson campaign, a 1986 Emmy for a series on racism, and a 1988 Emmy for his report that aired on the newsmagazine 48 Hours. He was also awarded the 1982 Overseas Press Club Award for his coverage of the invasion of Lebanon by Israel. In 2000, he received another Overseas Press Club Award for a Nightly News report on Mozambique; that report also received an Emmy in 2000.

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