New York Times Profiles Relationship Between TV Reporter, Child AIDS Advocate Described in New Book
The New York Times on Saturday examined the "most unlikely of friendships" between 63-year-old television reporter Jim Wooten and an 11-year-old HIV-positive boy from South Africa, who died of AIDS-related causes at age 12. Wooten, senior correspondent at ABC News, chronicles the life of the boy -- HIV/AIDS advocate Nkosi Johnson -- in a new book, titled, "We Are All the Same: A Story of a Boy's Courage and a Mother's Love" (Roberts, New York Times, 12/4). Nkosi, whose birth mother also died of AIDS-related causes, and his foster mother Gail Johnson established Nkosi's Haven, a center where low-income women with AIDS can live with their children at no cost (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/29). The complete article is available online.
ABCNews' "Nightline" on Friday re-broadcast the show's June 2001 feature on Nkosi. In addition, host Ted Koppel interviewed Wooten about Nkosi. The show also included an excerpt from a "Nightline" interview in 2000 with Desmond Tutu, former archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, about HIV/AIDS (Koppel, "Nightline," ABCNews, 12/6).
A kaisernetwork.org interview with Wooten, conducted by Jackie Judd, vice president and senior adviser for communications at the Kaiser Family Foundation, is available online.