I'm a freelance writer who spent 39 years at newspapers, with stints at The Birmingham News, the Orlando Sentinel and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. I was Opinions editor in New Orleans for more than two decades, beginning in 1996. I'm an Alabama native and graduated from the University of Alabama.
Awards and Recognition
- 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
- Betsy Plank Distinguished Achievement Award, College of Communications, University of Alabama | 2019