The Charles Kuralt Learning Center is a hidden gem within Carroll Hall.
The contents of his penthouse office in Manhattan were donated to the school, and the school faithfully recreated it in Carroll Hall — complete with Oriental rugs, paneled walls, brick fireplace, 12 Emmys and two Peabody awards, among other memorabilia.
"Charles referred to it as a gentleman's writing room," said Karen Beckers, Kuralt's assistant and longtime colleague at CBS. "He wanted it to have some charm and elegance. He didn't want a sterile working environment."
Located in 281 Carroll Hall, the center is open to visitors and students for studying and is used for special occasions.
Kuralt, a Wilmington native, died July 4, 1997, at age 62. He attended the University from 1951 to 1954 and was editor of The Daily Tar Heel. His first professional job was with The Charlotte News. Later he became the youngest correspondent ever hired by CBS News. That record stands today.
Kuralt is buried in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery on campus next to his widow, Suzanna "Petie" Kuralt.
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