With almost 40 years of experience in journalism, I have expertise in writing, editing, research, public policy and social media. Contact me for rates on writing or editing projects.
Full bio below.
The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com, New Orleans — Opinions editor
December 1996 - June 2019
Led a team of opinion writers, videographers and social media experts to create and produce print and online opinion pieces, videos and social cards that reflect the biggest issues facing Louisiana.
Helped develop an online brand (Latitude) for opinions coverage and co-managed social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Birmingham News, Birmingham, Ala. — Features editor, editorial writer, business editor, government reporter
August 1980 - November 1996
Led a features team of 8 people to cover the culture and history of Birmingham; wrote and reported a series of editorials on the inequities in public schools in Alabama that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.
Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Fla. — Assistant regional editor
January 1990 - March 1991
Supervised a 12-person bureau that created a daily newspaper, including Sports and Opinions sections, in Lake County.
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Bachelor’s degree in advertising
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Master’s coursework and comprehensive exams; no degree
AWARDS & HONORS
Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, with Times-Picayune colleagues | 2006
Carmage Walls Commentary Prize | 2006
Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism, with Times-Picayune colleagues | 2006
Finalist for Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing, with Birmingham News colleagues | 1994
Four-time jurist for the Pulitzer Prizes 2004, 2005, 2015, 2016
Betsy Plank Distinguished Achievement Award, College of Communications, University of Alabama | 2019