Writers

Our Writers:

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Arthur Blaustein

Arthur Blaustein

Professor Arthur Blaustein teaches Community and Economic Development and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent books are Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport… and The American Promise-Justice and Opportunity. He served as chairman of the Presidents National Advisory Council on Economic Opportunity under Jimmy Carter and on the board of the National Endowment for the Humanities under Bill Clinton.

Andy Brack

Andy Brack

Andy Brack is a syndicated columnist in South Carolina and the publisher of StatehouseReport.com. Brack, who holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, also publishes a twice-weekly newsletter about good news in the Charleston area, CharlestonCurrents.com. A former U.S. Senate press secretary and reporter, Brack has a national reputation as a communications strategist and Internet pioneer. Brack also is president and chairman of the Center for a Better South, a nonprofit regional think tank. Brack received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. He, his wife, two daughters and dogs live in Charleston, S.C.

Alyssa Cagle

Alyssa Cagle is a senior in journalism and electronic media with a minor in English at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Alyssa has served as an intern for both the White House and Sen. Bob Corker while at UT.

Adam Peck

Adam Peck

Adam Peck is a Reporter/Blogger for Think Progress at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Adam grew up just outside of New York City, and attended Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. Before joining Think Progress, Adam was an intern at Countdown with Keith Olbermann at MSNBC in New York, and at Campus Progress in Washington, D.C. He was also the founder and editor of Think Magazine, the largest collegiate news organization on Long Island. His work has appeared in The New York Times, CNN and the BBC.

Andrea Grimes

Andrea Grimes

Andrea Grimes is a freelance journalist living in Austin, Texas. She studied new media at New York University and later attended the University of Texas at Austin for graduate school, finishing with a master's degree in cultural anthropology. She has three cats and loves brunch. Contact her at andrea dot grimes at gmail.

Ariel Harris

Ariel Harris

Ariel Harris, believer in the positive and intentional language, artist, writer, empowerer/tutor for 'at-risk' kids, shares life-joy with her soul mate Jamal (of ‘round midnite' fame, WCQS), has a bevy of three grown socially conscious extraordinary children plus two wonderful loving wedding additions, two granddaughters, and is awaiting heralding the time of great comfort for all. Ariel is available for comfort sessions and can be reached at [email protected]

Andy Kopsa

Andy Kopsa

Andy Kopsa is a freelance writer who has written for publications such as The Revealer, Alternet, The American Independent and Westword. Andy focuses her writing on the federal funding of anti-gay, anti-choice organizations around the country since the Bush administration ushered in all-out faith-based initiatives; she hopes to bring to light the lasting impact that these initiatives had on politics, policy and programs alive and kicking today. Andy is a native Iowan currently living in NYC. She blogs at Off The Record.

Alan Gordon

Alan Gordon is a veteran journalist.

Alex Kearns

Alex Kearns

Alex writes for a variety of national and international publications. A relative newcomer to the United States, she co-founded her town's first environmental organization (The St. Marys EarthKeepers, Inc.). In turns bemused, confused, entranced, frustrated and delighted, she enjoys unravelling the eternal enigma that is the Deep South.

Alice Murray

Alice Murray

Alice Murray works with Lenz Marketing, Public Relations and Design on the Decatur Square. She joined Lenz in 2007 after retiring from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In her years with the AJC, she worked throughout the company, starting as a reporter for The Atlanta Constitution. Throughout the 1990s, she managed the company’s Special Sections and Advertising Creative departments before joining the marketing department in 2000.  She is president of the board of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, has served on the board of directors of The Empty Stocking Fund, and is currently on the board of Georgia Shakespeare. She is a graduate of the Leadership DeKalb Class of 2006. Alice is originally from Cleveland, Tennessee, and is a journalism graduate of Auburn University.

Allison Korn

Allison Korn

Allison Korn, JD is a staff attorney for National Advocates for Pregnant Women. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. While there, she co-founded the Student Hurricane Network, a national network that brought over 4500 law students to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast to provide legal assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. After graduating from law school she spent several years at the Bronx Defenders, where she was part of the inaugural class of attorneys in the organization's Family Defense Practice, representing parents in child welfare proceedings. A native Memphian, born and bred in Memphis, TN., Ms. Korn recently moved back to to the South where she works in the region from her base in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Amanda Marcotte

Amanda Marcotte

Amanda Marcotte writes for and manages the blog Pandagon, blogs for Slate's Double X, and has two books out: It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments and Get Opinionated: A Progressive's Guide to Finding Your Voice (and Taking a Little Action). She's written about politics, pop culture and feminism for outlets such as Slate, Salon, the LA Times, the Guardian, Bitch, and the American Prospect. A former resident of Texas, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Andy Miller

Andy Miller

Andy Miller is an Atlanta-based freelance writer specializing in health care. He worked for the AJC for 24 years, covering health care for the last 17 years. He now writes for aol.com's WalletPop, where he has a column "Dollars & Health,"' and for WebMD. He has also written articles for Kaiser Health News, AARP's Bulletin, msnbc.com and Emory Magazine. He is a Duke grad.

April Moore

April Moore

The environment is my great passion. I have delighted in nature for as long as I can remember. Many of my moments of greatest spiritual connectedness have been inspired by the natural world. Along with the deep sustenance I derive from Mother Nature, some of my most painful feelings are also intimately connected with the natural world. I feel real anguish when I see or read about the serious damage we humans are doing to this awesome planet. Practically speaking, I have been an environmental activist for decades. I have served on the boards of local and national environmental organizations, and my book, The Earth and You: Eating for Two was called “one of the 10 best environmental books of the year” by The Green Consumer Letter. And incorporating eco-friendly habits into daily living has been a focus of mine for decades. The Earth Connection is my attempt to contribute in the best way I know how to healing the earth. And, I should add, developing The Earth Connection nourishes me. I hope it will nourish you as well!

Ann Marie Pace

Ann Marie Pace

Ann Marie Pace is a senior at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, majoring in Journalism & Electronic Media, and is president of TVC, the student-run TV station.

Center for American Progress

Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. Building on the achievements of progressive pioneers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, our work addresses 21st-century challenges such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care. We develop new policy ideas, critique the policy that stems from conservative values, challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter, and shape the national debate. Founded in 2003 by John Podesta to provide long-term leadership and support to the progressive movement, CAP is headed by Neera Tanden and based in Washington, D.C. CAP opened a Los Angeles office in 2007. What We Believe As progressives, we believe America is a land of boundless opportunity, where people can better themselves, their children, their families, and their communities through education, hard work, and the freedom to climb the ladder of economic mobility. We believe an open and effective government can champion the common good over narrow self-interest, harness the strength of our diversity, and secure the rights and safety of its people. And we believe our nation must always be a beacon of hope and strength to the rest of the world. Progressives are idealistic enough to believe change is possible and practical enough to make it happen. How We Work Through dialogue with leaders, thinkers, and citizens, we explore the vital issues facing America and the world. We develop a point of view and take a stand. We then build on that and develop bold new ideas. We shape the national debate. We share our point of view with everyone who can put our ideas into practice and effect positive change. That means online, on campus, in the media, on the shop floor, in faith communities, and in the boardroom. Our progressive partners—including the CAP Action Fund—take our ideas to Congress and statehouses.

Andrea Lee Meyer

Andrea Lee Meyer

Andy Meyer is a native of St. Simons Island, Georgia. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she lived briefly in Savannah before heading west. She made it as far as New Orleans, where she met and married a local boy. She's currently a grant writer and administrator at Tulane University and spends her free time reading, writing, and teaching her four-year-old daughter, Emmeline, the importance of phrases like "Go Dawgs" and "Who Dat." She blogs at www.gris-grits.blogspot.com.

Andrew Bowen

Andrew Bowen

Andrew's fiction and non-fiction deals with often muddy waters of theology and has appeared in places like Metazen, On the Wing, decomP, Nanoism, and more. He is the founding editor of Divine Dirt Quarterly and blogs at The Dirty Prophet.

Andy Schmookler

Andy Schmookler

Andy Schmookler -- who was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia's 6th District in 2012 -- is the author most recently of WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST: The Destructive Force at Work in Our World-- and How We Can Defeat It.

Anna Dolianitis

Anna Dolianitis

Anna Dolianitis, originally from northern New Jersey, is a writer with specific interests in health reporting and narrative nonfiction style - usually not at the same time. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia’s Grady College and has a bachelors in journalism and political science from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. While she might not stay in the South forever, it's been good to her so far.

Anna Forbes and Kate Ryan

Anna Forbes and Kate Ryan

Anna Forbes (photo on left) is a writer, organizer and women's health activist who has been working fulltime in HIV/AIDS since 1985. She currently works as an independent consultant with an international client base and is specializing in advocacy to expand HIV prevention, particularly for those at highest risk of HIV.

Kate Ryan  (photo on right) is a Program Coordinator at the National Women's Health Network, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of all women by supporting informed health care decision-making and influencing health policy. She helps to develop and implement a program of legislative and regulatory advocacy that focuses on reducing women’s exposure to unnecessary drug and medical treatment risks. Prior to joining the NWHN, Kate worked in the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA), where she worked on the women’s issues portfolio and managed a variety of constituent services programs. She also previously volunteered in Ghana with the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights to monitor and assess availability of, and access to, women’s sexual and reproductive health services. Kate received her MPA in International Public & Non-Profit Management and Policy Analysis with a focus on women’s rights from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Annelise Thim

Annelise Thim

Annelise Thim was raised in Atlanta. A recent graduate of the University of Georgia, her writing career includes research papers and attempts at analyzing French literature. She majored in International Affairs and French, but has yet to realize her true passion. At the moment she is living in Paris as an au pair, improving her french and learning what it means to have free time.

Anoni Muss

Anoni Muss

Anoni Muss is a wild woman who used to be tame. She has a head full of stories and a lively pen. Stretched for years to the limit of her physical and emotional endurance by work, a large family and many challenges, she now relaxes in a tranquil leafy setting and the only buzz is in her head. She lives in Virginia with Gusto. Note: Anoni's justification for the anonymity was acceptable to LikeTheDew and consistent with our policy.

Amanda Peterson Beadle

Amanda Peterson Beadle

Amanda Peterson Beadle is an editorial assistant at ThinkProgress.org. She received her B.A. in journalism and Spanish from the University of Alabama, where she was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper The Crimson White and graduated with honors. Before joining ThinkProgress, she worked as a legislative aide in the Maryland House of Delegates. In college, she interned at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, the Press-Register (Mobile, Alabama), and the Ludington Daily News. She is from Birmingham, Alabama.

April Adams

April Adams

April Adams is a South Carolinian with a passion for creating. She designs and develops Web sites and makes videos for a living as a freelancer. She's also in love with the written word and its power to evoke emotion, change minds and move people to action.

Armando

Former Daily Kos Guest Blogger from 2004 to 2006. Contributor at Talk Left blog. Currently Featured Writer for Daily Kos.

Alex Seitz-Wald

Alex Seitz-Wald

Alex Seitz-Wald is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Alex grew up in California and holds a B.A. in international relations from Brown University. Prior to joining ThinkProgress, Alex interned at the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS and at the National Journal’s Hotline, where he covered key senate and gubernatorial races. Alex also co-founded and edited the Olive & Arrow, a blog on foreign affairs for and by young progressives. At Brown, he contributed to several publications and served on student government.

Austen Risolvato

Austen Risolvato

Austen Risolvato is a Los Angeles based, Atlanta born Photographer, specializing in music and celebrity photography. Her free time is spent watching the Los Angeles Lakers, at Disneyland, at her favorite local LA coffee shop, or hanging out with her amazing collection of friends.  http://www.austen.la http://austenrisolvato.tumblr.com/

Barry Hollander

Barry Hollander

Former hack at daily newspapers, now hack journalism professor at the University of Georgia, number cruncher and longtime Net user, caffeine addict, writer of weird fiction, and a semi-retired god in an online fantasy world where godhood suits him quite well, thank you very much. He also blogs at http://www.whatpeopleknow.com

Deb Barshafsky

Deb Barshafsky

Deb Barshafsky was born in Tacoma, Washington, to a northern father and a German mother. As she enters her 34th year as a resident of the southern United States, she's both amazed and amused that she's still not considered a southerner by people whose family trees have deep roots in red Georgia clay. Deb has written the food column for Augusta magazine, the city magazine of Augusta, Georgia, for more than a decade, and she's completing a master of gastronomy degree from the University of Adelaide and Le Cordon Bleu. And, yes, that is a southern style 16-layer chocolate fudge cake in her profile photo. The kind with the crunchy icing that makes your teeth hurt.

Bob Bohanan

Bob Bohanan

Bob retired as the deputy director of the Jimmy Carter Library in 2008.  Since then he's been doing some writing and enjoying the good life in Decatur, Georgia.

Brad Clayton

Brad Clayton is a long-time Atlanta-area journalist.

Brandon Collins

Brandon Collins

Brandon Collins is an Undergrad Political Science major at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. He writes pieces on particular social and political issues in America today.

Bruce Dixon

Bruce Dixon

Bruce A. Dixon is BAR managing editor of BlackAgendaReport.com. He lives in Marietta GA, where he is a principal at Campaign Foundations, a strategic telephony and consulting firm, and a state committee member of the Georgia Green Party.

Bert Roughton III

Bert Roughton III

A native Atlantan and graduate of the University of Georgia, Bert presently lives in beautiful Brooklyn, NY. He is a student at New York Law School in lower Manhattan. After graduation in May 2010, Bert plans to go on to pursue a career in civil rights law.

Braden Goyette For ProPublica

Braden Goyette For ProPublica

Braden Goyette has written for The Nation, Campus Progress, and Maisonneuve magazine. She interned at The Märkische Oderzeitung, a daily newspaper in eastern Germany.

Billy Howard

Billy Howard

Billy Howard is a commercial and documentary photographer with an emphasis on education and global health.

Bill Hamm

Bill Hamm

An American concerned about the corruption and the far right direction the US is moving in. The Forest a Progressive Political Blog: http://TheForestaPPB.org I am on facebook here:http://on.fb.me/fgsW32

Bill Phillips

Bill Phillips

A lifelong North Carolina resident with an interest in local history, outdoor adventures, politics, and culture.  

Started out as a high school history teacher, then worked in public schools under grants from the 1964 Civil Rights Act (teacher education programs.) Then a three year stint as a social worker was followed by several years as a “folkie,” playing string band music, making musical instruments, and presenting indigenous folk performers in public school concerts under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Change of course: became a carpenter, then a home remodeler, then a home builder, then a remodeling designer. Now, am merging that with free lance photography and writing.

A hopelessly compulsive writer, with more unpublished stuff in the closet than you want to know about. Have recently seen the light of day with a blog on Google Blogger. If an article of mine on Like the Dew interests you, you will find it on the following blog with many more high resolution photos relating to the post.

North Carolina, People and Places     http://northcarolinapeople.blogspot.com/

Also, for your inner Geek:  Handheld Tech Toys    http://handheldtechtoys.blogspot.com/

Bill Tush

Bill Tush

Bill Tush is an American news journalist and humorist.
Bill Tush's career began as a radio DJ in 1965 in Latrobe, PA as a morning host for the Mid Morning Polka Party. His radio career landed him in Atlanta, GA in 1974, where he would eventually join Ted Turner at his struggling local television station, WTCG Channel 17. As WTCG changed to SuperStation WTBS, Bill became a jack of many trades at the station doing everything from commercial spokesman, movie host and reading the news at 3am, about which Turner jokingly commented, "we have a 100% share at this time". Bill would often read the news with his co-anchor Rex, a German Shepherd in shirt and tie.
Bill was given his own show in 1980 by Ted Turner simply called Tush. The cast included such newcomers as SNL's Jan Hooks and Bonnie and Terry Turner (SNL writers and co-creators of 3rd Rock from the Sun and That 70's Show) and was a one hour comedy skit show which aired at 12:05 AM Eastern time on Friday and Saturday nights. The show ceased production one year later but reruns aired thru May 28, 1983. The following week its old timeslot was filled by a six hour music video program called Night Tracks. Later that year he appeared in a Night Tracks sales presentation video playing a investigative reporter. Bill took off to Hollywood to host a new entertainment show, People Now, on the new CNN channel. Bill was made senior entertainment correspondent for CNN in 1993 and relocated to NYC to host Showbiz Today.
Bill retired from Turner Broadcasting System to pursue other interests including writing and producing in 2003.

Frank Povah

Frank Povah

Arriving in the USA in late 2008, Frank Povah moved to Stamping Ground, Kentucky in mid 2009. Passionate about the written and spoken word and constantly bewildered by non-verbs and neo-nouns, Frank trained as a typesetter - though he has worked at many things - and later branched out into proofreading, writing and editing. For many years he has been copy editor, consultant and columnist with a prestigious Australian quarterly along with running his own editorial and typesetting business. His other interests are many and include traditional music, especially that of the south, folklore, natural history, and pigeons.

Bruce E. Levine

Bruce E. Levine

Bruce E. Levine is a clinical psychologist and author of Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite (Chelsea Green, April 2011). His web site is www.brucelevine.net.

Booth Malone

Booth Malone

Booth Malone is a professional artist living in Columbus, GA; Currently writing a historical novel based on his great-grandfather's experiences in the Civil War which he promises will not be as boring as that sounds.

Dr. Brian Moench

Dr. Brian Moench

Brian J. Moench, M.D. is president of  Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Dr.  Moench received his undergraduate degree from Stanford Universtiy and the University of Utah where he majored in chemistry. He attended the University of Utah Medical School and graduated in 1977. He did his internship in Internal Medicine at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City from 1977-78, and his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA from 1978-1980. Dr. Moench was a staff instructor in anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA from 1980-81. As well, Dr. Moench did a fellowship in intensive care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston , MA in 1981; he is board certified as an anesthesiologists. Currently, Dr. Moench is in private practice; he was associated with Holy Cross Hospital and LDS Hospital from 1981-2007.

Bill Montgomery

Bill Montgomery

Bill Montgomery, aka "Monty," packed it in a few years back after 38 years as a reporter with the AJC, covering mostly crime and other forms of public insanity, such as political campaigns, strip club crackdowns, and the Georgia legislature. His career includes coverage of zanies that run the gamut from Lester Maddox and J.B. Stoner to Larry Flynt, and crime reporting that followed the 1973 Alday family killings in South Georgia to the execution of ringleader Carl Isaacs 30 years later, and the 20-year saga of Palm Beach millionaire James V. Sullivan, who hired the murder of his estranged wife at her Buckhead condo by a gunman packing a pistol in a box of roses. Montgomery lives in a Decatur condo with his wife Linda and their Boston terrier.

Robert Lamb

Robert Lamb

I grew up in Augusta, Ga., where I attended Boys' Catholic High. After service in the Navy, I attended the University of Georgia, majoring in English, and then began a (wholly unexpected) journalism career on the old Augusta Herald, an evening paper, and ended years later in Atlanta at The (great) Atlanta Constitution, which I left in late 1982 to write The Great American Novel. That goal has proved remarkably elusive, but my first attempt (Striking Out, in 1991) was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award. My second novel, Atlanta Blues, spent a few minutes on the best-seller list in (at least) Columbia, S.C., and was described in one newspaper’s year-end roundup as “one of the three best novels of 2004 by a Southern writer.” My third novel won no honors but at least didn’t get me hanged; titled A Majority of One, it is about a clash between religion and the Constitution over book-banning in the high school of a Georgia town. For my next novel, And Tell Tchaikovsky the News, I returned to an Atlanta setting for a story about the redemptive powers of, in this case anyhow, “that good rock ’n’ roll.” I've also published a collection of short stories and poems: Six of One, Half Dozen of Another. One of its stories, “R.I.P.,” was a winner in the S.C. Fiction Project in 2009. Before retirement, I taught creative writing and American literature at the University of South Carolina and its Honors College, and feature writing in its School of Journalism. I maintain a now-and-then blog at boblamb.wordpress.comand I walk my dog on the beach a lot at Pawleys Island, S.C.

Beth Ostlund

Beth Ostlund

Beth Ostlund lives in a town of fewer than 200 people in Iowa, and wants the reader to take note that she just used "fewer" correctly, unlike at least three currently running commercials on TV all of which incorrectly use "fewer" instead of "less" or vice versa which absolutely drives her crazy, because before moving away from her home state of Iowa at age 18 and living alot of different places and doing alot of different things, she first got herself a damn good Iowa Education, and having once been an advertising copywriter for a large firm in Houston, bad grammar in tv commercials is one of her pet peeves. And where the hell did the word "peeves" comes from, anyway? That's all I have to say about this because it's caucus day in Iowa and I canNOT wait to watch this bullshit, and besides, I haven't had my coffee yet. Carry on.

Dr. Dorothy Ann Boyd-Bragg

Dr. Dorothy Ann Boyd-Bragg

Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg is a Professor of History, Emerita, James Madison University. She received her Ph.D. from Temple University; the M.A. from Ohio State University; and the M.A.T. and B.A. from Temple University. She is the author of fourteen books and numerous articles and reviews. In addition, she has edited and indexed extensively. She is currently at work with her husband, Captain Robert L. Bragg, on One Hundred and One Aviation Stories I Tell my Friends: More, Much More, Than the Tenerife Crash.

Boyd Lewis

Boyd Lewis

New Orleans family. War baby. Family moved a lot. Secondary and college education in Memphis, TN. Just before 1967 graduation, commissioning and tour of leafy, lovely Vietnam, banged up in auto accident. Decided to go into journalism. Tennessee mountain weekly, small Mississippi daily and nearly three decades in Atlanta. Black and alternative newspapers, freelance photojournalist, public radio news and documentary producer, news writer for CNN. Married Deborah James, followed her to Los Angeles for job. Quit the dismal trade and became middle school English teacher in LA barrio school. Quite happy.

Brianna Peterson

Brianna Peterson

Brianna is a research intern at the Center for Responsive Politics, publisher of the OpenSecrets blog.  She is finishing a degree in International Relations with specializations in Western European Studies and Peace & Justice Studies at Michigan State University's multidisciplinary James Madison College.

Bob Pritchard

Bob Pritchard

Freelance writer. Studied English, Emphasis in Composition at Florida State University. Lives in Savannah, Georgia. Married. From Osawatomie, Kansas.

Kathleen Brewin Lewis

Kathleen Brewin Lewis is a writer who was born and raised in Savannah, GA, but now lives with her husband and children in Atlanta.  She attended college at Wake Forest University and graduate school at Emory University and Kennesaw State University, where she received a Master of Arts in Professional Writing.  Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Weave literary magazine, The Red Clay Review, The Prose-Poem Project, Georgia Backroads magazine, and Bookideas.com, and she was a finalist in SmokeLong Quarterly's 30-Word Story Contest (Dec. 2010).  She is a contributing editor to the on-line journal Flycatcher:  A Journal of Native Imagination.  When she's not writing, she is cooking, running, reading, watching sports, or surfing the net. She really loves her family and friends.  And she wishes she were a better housekeeper.

Brian Randall

Brian Randall is an architect, artist and print maker based in Decatur, Georgia.

Bill Semple

Bill Semple

Bill Semple, LCSW, has worked in community mental health for many years and now bills insurance companies for a living. These and other experiences inspire his working to shift our reliance on for-profit insurers to a single, not-for-profit system. He is a member of Health Care for All Colorado and is working on developing a single payer citizens initiative for the State of Colorado, as the legislative process does not appear up to the task.

Burton Cox

Southerner, ex-Marine, son of a Presbyterian Minister and word-loving momma, married to childhood sweetheart (finally).

Candice Dyer

Candice Dyer

Candice Dyer is a freelance writer who lives in White County, Georgia. She writes regularly for Atlanta magazine, Paste Magazine.com as well as Men’s Journal, Garden & Gun, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is author of Street Singers, Soul Shakers, and Rebels with a Cause: Music from Macon.

Carol Carter

Carol Carter

A founding staff member of Atlanta Business Chronicle in 1978, Carol went on to become editor of the Chronicle and and, subsequently, seven different Chronicle special publications. She was consumer reporter for WXIA-TV's Noonday Show, and she wrote educational videos for Optical Data School Media. Freelancing now for far too long, Carol wrote the 125-year history of Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta, wrote annual reports for such clients as Delta Air Lines and the Georgia Tech Foundation, and edited a book of short stories for the Emory University School of Nursing. She lives in North Georgia.

Carson M. Lamb

Carson M. Lamb

A recent graduate of Georgia State’s School of Law, he will soon move from Atlanta to Des Moines to join the Baudino Law Group, specialists in corporate health law. I have written here several times about our pit bull Dro, who died yesterday and took several broken hearts with him. One of the hearts was Carson’s. ~Robert Lamb

Danny Fulks

Danny Fulks

I am an Appalachian author, Professor emeritus at Marshall University, the father of two daughters and grandfather to 5 boys and one girl. I was born on a farm in Southern Ohio and have earned degrees from Rio Grande College, Marshall University, and the University of Tennessee. After teaching 20 years I reverted to the old ways, started chewing tobacco, wearing farmer's caps, talking in strong nouns and verbs, going by my first name, became known for my easy courses. This led to a downfall where I had to revert to writing country stories in order to pay my bills, buy Tommy cologne, and high priced styling mousse.My latest publications include: Nonfiction - Tragedy On Greasy Ridge and Tick Ridge Faces The South published by the Jesse Stuart Foundation, Ashland, Ky. Essays -Kristin Scott Benson, Master of Bluegrass Banjo in Bluegrass Unlimited; Selected journals - Timeline, McGuffin, Now and Then, Backwoods Home; Encyclopedia of Appalachia - Waterloo Wonders, Bevo Francis.

Betsey Dahlberg

Betsey Dahlberg

I was born at Crawford Long Hospital, a long time ago.  I got a great education in DeKalb County, when they were still doing that there, and at two excellent southern Universities (UGA and UT).  I am a recovering attorney, now practicing art instead.  Dear Husband and I have three furry children and one feathered child, but no human offspring.

Chris Bowers

Chris Bowers

Campaign Director, Daily Kos. You know--those emails you get. Formerly of Open Left, MyDD, the American Federation of Teachers, and academia. I live in DC, spent 16 years in Philly, and grew up in Syracuse.

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS's Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity, co-authored with Felice Yeskel. (New Press, 2005). He co-authored with Bill Gates Sr. Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life.

He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation.

In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.

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Chrys B. Graham

Chrys B. Graham

Chrysis Boswell Graham lives in Atlanta and St. Simons Island, Georgia. She grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and also has lived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Knoxville, Tennessee. For many years, she was a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines, a company that grew out of a crop-dusting service in Monroe, Louisiana.

Cliff Green

Cliff Green

Cliff Green is a former writer for The Atlanta Journal. He worked there when it was a real newspaper. His accomplishments since include the fact that he has never watched a minute of reality TV, and he has never been inside a Starbuck's. He owns no device onto which he can download music, nor does he know how to record a television show. He is not sure what an iPhone is. He is proud of all the above.

Chantille Cook

Chantille Cook

Chantille Cook has a unique view of the world. She’s a spectator of people. Her life’s goal is to find the positive in the everyday – i.e. wearing a straight jacket, just as a way to hug yourself. She’s a mother, sister, daughter, and friend. She has a mission to help people one word at a time.

Charles Finn

Charles Finn

Charlie Finn is a writer who also works as a licensed professional counselor with adolescents and adults on issues relating to life transitions, substance abuse, and the role of spirituality when “up against it.” He has been married to Penny for 36 years and they live on 13 acres just north of Roanoke. They are the parents of two children adopted from Korea and Hong Kong who are now adults. Charlie still does most of his writing on a yellow legal pad, but, thanks to Penny, has now learned how to use a word processor and email. He glories in thunderstorms, flowers and everyday miracles. Click to view books by Charles C. Finn.

Casey Hayden

Casey Hayden

Casey Hayden, a Texas native, was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and a leading activist for civil rights during the 1960s. She lived in Atlanta part of the 1960s working with SNCC. She now lives in Arizona.

Susan De Bonis

Susan De Bonis

I guess you always end up where you started. Although I was born at Duke, I actually grew up in Georgia, primarily in South Georgia. My daddy's family is from Fitzgerald, my mother's from Worth County. My husband, who is not a native of these parts, is convinced I'm related to half of the state. I've worked in TV, radio, and newspaper (including time at the AJC), primarily in management, but also in news and research.  For the last seven years I've taught at a regional university in GA.  Time to move on.  Academia isn't for me.  Where I land is anyone's guess, for sure I don't know.

Cathleen Hulbert

Cathleen Hulbert

Cathleen Hulbert, MSW, LCSW, is a free-lance journalist and clinical social worker who spent six years living in New York City where she earned her graduate degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and worked in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn. During that time, unexpected teachers began to emerge who would set the stage for the writing of  the novel, “The First Lamp — A Story of Cosmic Illumination,” a time-travel tale about original innocence. For more information about the book go to www.cathleenhulbert.com. She later traveled to Hawaii to answer the call of Kalah and to embrace the healing power of Aloha. She returned with a renewed dedication to sea turtle conservation, a burning love for the Hawaiian culture and a deeper respect for the needs of Mother Earth. She now lives in Roswell, Georgia, where she works in the healthcare field and continues to write. In November 2008 Cathleen was a co-recipient of the National Hemophilia Foundation's "Distinction in Communication Award" for helping teens with chronic bleeding disorders create their own camp newspapers. Her current project is a sequel to "The First Lamp."

Dian Cai

Dian Cai

Dian Cai earned a bachelor's degree in international journalism at United International College in China. She is now pursuing a master's in Health & Medical Journalism at the University of Georgia while pursing a certificate in global public health.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley is the editor of Atlanta INtown and the author of two novels, Conquering Venus and Remain In Light. His poetry collections include Better To Travel and the recently reissued Slow To Burn.  For more, visit www.collinkelley.com.

Carl Kline

Carl Kline is an educator and coordinator of nonviolent alternatives and lives in Brookings, SOUTH Dakota. Here's his about me:

From campus ministry with the United Church of Christ to teaching in higher education, I've always been interested in the relationship between the secular and the sacred, the educated and the ethical, the pursuit of knowledge and the pursuit of human harmony. Jesus and Gandhi are the most influential figures influencing my thought and work. As a student of Gandhi, I've taken groups to India on numerous occasions and brought those from other countries to Indian country in the U.S. to learn harmony with the Lakota. I've been coordinator of Nonviolent Alternatives, a small non-profit, since 1991. Peace Brigades International has been a long time interest as an experiment in creating a nonviolent alternative. A truly international nonviolent movement is my hope for the future and the direction of my time and energy.

Chris Kromm

Chris Kromm

I am executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies, a non-profit media, research and policy center based in Durham, North Carolina. I'm also publisher and contributor to the Institute's publications Facing South online and Southern Exposure magazine, winner of the National Magazine Award, two George Polk Awards, and other honors. I have appeared on over 300 TV and radio broadcasts for commentary on Southern politics and current issues, including American Public Media's "Marketplace," CNN "Live," C-SPAN, Democracy Now, GRITtv, KPOJ Portland, Minnesota Public Radio, Mississippi Public Radio, NPR's "All Things Considered," Public Radio International's "To the Point," WAOK Atlanta, WBAI New York, WRAL TV North Carolina, WRNO New Orleans, WUNC North Carolina's "The State of Things" and XM Satellite Radio. I contribute regularly to The Huffington Post, and my reporting and writing have also been published in The Durham Herald-Sun, The Hill, The Independent Weekly, The Nation, The Raleigh News & Observer, Salon and other publications. My work focuses on leading high-impact projects that link media, research, policy and community participation strategies to promote equity, democracy and sustainability.

Cody Maxwell

Cody Maxwell is a freelance writer from Chattanooga, Tennessee. His work focuses on southern cultural issues and forgotten aspects of southern history. He takes special interest in tales found around corners and off the beaten path.

Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb teaches history at the University of Georgia, where he is B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor in the History of the American South. His most recent book is the South and America Since World War II (Oxford University Press, 2010) He has been known to blog at www.cobbloviate.com.

Charles O. Hendrix Jr.

Charles O. Hendrix Jr.

Sergeant First Class Charles O. Hendrix Jr. served for 20 years in the U.S. Army and medically retired in 1992. He lives in Pickens County, Georgia.

Mary Willis Cantrell

I have always been a story-teller (Southern born and Irish descended) and a dreamer (e.g.,  Democrat in dark Red state). btw, I am aka Cokefloat since I am safely retired from a major soft-drink company well-known in the Atlanta area. And I've finally decided to come out of my closet... to date most of my writing has always been in the dark. Some ghost-writing, rewriting for others, copy-editing, contests, The Vent. That kind of thing. I want to put my stories down on paper, at last, and maybe even see a dream come true. Yeah. Like my candidate will finally win. Sure.

Dave Cooley

Dave Cooley

Dave Cooley made a career of Journalism and Chamber of Commerce management. He served chambers in Greer, SC, Hendersonville, NC, Greenville, SC, Spartanburg, SC, Jacksonville, FL, Memphis, TN, Dallas, TX and as head of his professional society in Washington, DC. Cooley retired to Hendersonville, NC (his hometown) at the end of 1995. Since retirement, he worked in several foreign countries, teaching chamber and association executives the “American way of volunteer organization management.” and performed accreditation overviews for the U.S. Chamber. Dave and brother Art started a business that published FIFTY YEARS WITH THE VAGABONDS, a history of the Vagabond Players of Flat Rock Playhouse fame and a coffee-table book for the Hendersonville Country Club. FORTUNE MAGAZINE featured Cooley in its 1998 retirement special report saying, “His paycheck is his pep pill!” and showing him holding a goat at Carl Sandburg's home. The cut line read: “No old goat, he, Dave Cooley retired to North Carolina where he started four new careers.” 

Mike Copeland

Mike Copeland

I am old enough to know better. I have a B. A. from Birmingham Southern College and a Master's in City Planning from Georgia Tech. I have worked in SC State government for over a decade leaving as the Deputy Executive Director of the State Budget and Control Board, the state's administrative agency. I have owned the Fontaine Company since 1984 and am the managing member of viscerality.com.llc a management, marketing and consulting company.

I am the author of several novels, some of which you may buy and read if you are of a mind to do so.

Crissinda Ponder

Crissinda Ponder

A proclaimed journalism junkie and aspiring multimedia professional. 21-year-old native of College Park, Ga., and senior at The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Craig Miller

Craig Miller

Craig Miller is a film and television producer in Atlanta, GA. His companies, Craig Miller Productions and C Pictures, have produced work for Fortune 500 Companies and Advertising Agencies for 24 years. He is currently the Co-President of the Georgia Production Partnership, a statewide organization dedicated to growing the feature film business in the state of Georgia.

Christopher Burdette

Christopher Burdette

Owner of Sun Dog Trading Co. a unique art gallery/fly fishing store/BBQ and hot dog joint at NE corner of Yellowstone National Park. "No rubber tomahawks" is our motto.

Charles Seabrook

Charles Seabrook

A South Carolina native, Charles Seabrook has been a long-time environmental writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His books include Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses and Red Clay, Pink Cadillacs and White Gold: Georgia’s Kaolin Chalk Wars. A resident of Decatur, Georgia, Seabrook also was one of the first reporters in the world to write about the mysterious disease that would soon be known as AIDS. He has written extensively on global warming, air and water pollution, and songbird decline.

Chelsea Toledo

Chelsea Toledo

Chelsea Toledo just graduated from the Health and Medical Journalism Graduate Program of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and is a writer for the Public Health News Bureau.

Charles Walston

Charles Walston

A veteran of Florida and Georgia journalism and a renowned roadhouse musician, Charles Walston is now a speechwriter in Washington.

Chelsey Willis

Chelsey Willis

Chelsey Willis is an aspiring arts and culture journalist with a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Georgia. Chelsey is a longtime passionate supporter of the arts with particular interest and experience in theater and the performing arts. She currently contributes to ArtsATL.com and resides in Athens, GA.

Chris Wohlwend

Chris Wohlwend

Chris Wohlwend is working on a memoir titled "Ridge Running: Encounters in Appalachia." He lives in Knoxville.

Darby Britto

Darby Britto

I was raised in the south by a pair of Yankees, and everyone around me wore combat boots. I think this explains a lot. A childhood spent working in little theatre and a professional career in television, tends to give me a point of view not often shared by others.

Dante Atkins

Dante Atkins

Dante Atkins was a classics major at UCLA before deciding that politics suited him better than academics. Dante started blogging at DailyKos as "hekebolos" in 2004 and currently serves as a frontpage author at Calitics. Dante is very involved in the California Democratic Party, where he is an elected delegate. He also serves on the CDP Platform Committee, and co-authored a new platform plank that affirms the Party's support of net neutrality and bloggers' rights. Dante works with The Pollux Group, a firm specializing in qualitative research and online marketing strategies. Dante spends his free time obsessing over spiders.

Dean Baker

Dean Baker

Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC.

He previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. His blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting.

He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Michigan.

He has written numerous books and articles, including The United States Since 1980, Cambridge University Press, March 2007; The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer, Center for Economic and Policy Research, 2006; Social Security: The Phony Crisis (with Mark Weisbrot), University of Chicago Press, 1999; "Asset Returns and Economic Growth," (with Brad DeLong and Paul Krugman), Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (2005); "Financing Drug Research: What Are the Issues," Center for Economic and Policy Research, 2004; "Medicare Choice Plus: The Solution to the Long-Term Deficit Problem," Center for Economic and Policy Research, 2004; The Benefits of Full Employment (with Jared Bernstein), Economic Policy Institute, 2004; "Professional Protectionists: The Gains From Free Trade in Highly Paid Professional Services," Center for Economic and Policy Research, 2003; "The Run-Up in Home Prices: Is It Real or Is It Another Bubble," Center for Economic and Policy Research, 2002. His book Getting Prices Right: The Battle Over the Consumer Price Index (M.E. Sharpe, 1997) was a winner of a Choice Book Award as one of the outstanding academic books of the year. He was also the author of the weekly online commentary on economic reporting, the Economic Reporting Review (ERR), from 1996 - 2006.

He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and the OECD's Trade Union Advisory Council.

His columns have appeared in many major media outlets including the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, and the London Financial Times. He is frequently cited in economics reporting in major media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNBC and National Public Radio.

David Evans

I'm retired from another life and live in the mountains of eastern West Virginia with my muse Jody along with one remaining dog.  We've decided no more dogs and cats.  Losing them is just too painful. Being independent and no longer in the reins of someone else's driver, I now have the chance to revisit the many people and places that have enriched my life. The good folks at Wesleyan College in central West Virginia guided me to a graduate degree in fine arts in early 2018.  My plan is to use some of the skills I learned from two years in this creative writing program to tell my story.

David Bradford

David Bradford

David Bradford is a native of Scottsboro, Alabama. He recently retired after 30 years with IBM where he worked as a writer, publications manager, and web developer. He's a former journalist, teacher, and photographer. He attended and taught at Auburn University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Deborah Chasteen

Deborah Chasteen

I am a graduate student in the University of Georgia's Health and Medical Journalism program, who holds the inevitable 40-hour-a-week day job. I primarily write non-fiction pieces. Sometimes, though, my answer to "why is it this way?" emerges in essay form. I'm fine with that.

Doug Couch

Doug Couch

I like to tell folks that I was born in Georgia because I wanted to be close to my mother. I feel blessed to have been born and raised in the deep South where we have the best food, the best college football, and rich traditions. I got my sense of humor from my father and my proclivity for writing from my mother, an author of children's books. I enjoy writing about the funny side of life in the South and I am not above a bit of irreverence as long as it doesn't perpetuate negative Southern stereotypes. We Southerners enjoy a good story, and I remain determined to write one some day.

I have been in and out of the newspaper business since my early college days while following a parallel career in information technology. I am a big fan of Atlanta Falcons football, BBQ, Maker's Mark, all forms of automobile racing, flying (private, not commercial) and shooting sports.

Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously. ― Hunter S. Thompson

Doug Cumming

Doug Cumming

Doug Cumming worked for newspapers and magazines in Raleigh, Providence and Atlanta for 26 years before getting a Ph.D. in mass communication at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002. Since then, he has taught at Loyola University in New Orleans and Washington & Lee University, where he is now a tenured associate professor of journalism. His first book, "The Southern Press: Literary Legacies and the Challenge of Modernity," has been published by Northwestern University Press.

Gadi Dechter, Michael Ettlinger

Gadi Dechter, Michael Ettlinger

Gadi Dechter is Managing Director of Economic Policy at American Progress. He previously worked as a reporter at Bloomberg News, The Baltimore Sun, and Baltimore’s City Paper. At Bloomberg, Gadi was an investigative reporter covering the intersection of finance and politics. At The Sun, he covered the Maryland General Assembly and higher education. He received the American Association of University Professors’s 2009 Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Higher Education and was a finalist in the 2008 Livingston Award for Young Journalists competition. He holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from Yale and a master’s in writing from Johns Hopkins. He teaches public policy communications at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, and has also lectured at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Email: [email protected] Michael Ettlinger is the Vice President for Economic Policy at American Progress. Prior to joining the Center he spent six years at the Economic Policy Institute directing the Economic Analysis and Research Network. Previously he was tax policy director for Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy for 11 years. He has also served on the staff of the New York State Assembly. At the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Ettlinger was the principal developer of the ITEP Microsimulation Tax Model. This model uniquely permits detailed revenue and distributional analysis of federal and state personal income tax, consumption, and property taxes. Also at ITEP and Citizens for Tax Justice Ettlinger authored many reports on tax and economic issues, frequently testified, was widely published, and was often called upon by the media. At the Economic Policy Institute, Ettlinger focused on regional economic development and state-level economic policy. His work included analysis of state minimum wage laws, the role of government in economic growth, public attitudes toward economic policy, and the relative efficacy of alternative state economic policies. Ettlinger has served on several nonprofit boards, advisory commissions, and study groups. Ettlinger holds degrees from Cornell University and American University. Follow Michael on a Twitter. Email: [email protected].

Dennis McCarthy

Dennis McCarthy

Dennis McCarthy retired from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and moved to Santa Fe, NM, with his wife, Judy.

Desiree Evans

DESIREE EVANS is a Research Associate at the Institute for Southern Studies, where she blogs at Facing South (http://www.southernstudies.org/). She is formerly a policy associate at TransAfrica Forum, where she covered issues impacting the African world. Her writing has also appeared in Alternet, Chicago Reporter, In These Times, The Indianapolis Star, and elsewhere. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Keith Graham

Keith Graham

Keith Graham was among the recipients of the prestigious Stella Artois prize at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival. Named for a blind piano player, he is also well known for always giving money to street accordion players. A quotation that he considers meaningful comes from the Irish writer Roddy Doyle: "The family trees of the poor don't grow to any height." In addition to contributing to Like the Dew, Keith frequently posts quotations and links and occasionally longer articles at http://tartantambourine.com/

E. David Ferriman

E. David Ferriman

A graduate of Franklin University with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Communications, E. David Ferriman is President/Director of Digital Communications for Economy In Crisis.

Daniel Flynn

Daniel Flynn

Married to a Southerner, Dan was born and grew up in San Francisco, California and is a citizen of the U.S. Thanks to his Like the Dew author wife Kate McNally’s research skills, he successfully gathered the necessary documents to successfully claim his citizenship in the Republic of Ireland through his Irish ancestry. Following a career in corporate Human Resources with a variety of organizations in North America, he took early retirement, earned a Cambridge Certificate in English language teaching to adults (CELTA), and moved with Kate to Verviers, in eastern Belgium (near the Ardennes Forest where tens of thousands of American young men lost their lives in the famous ‘Battle of the Bulge’ to successfully bring an end to World War II in Europe) to teach English to adults who speak other languages such as French, German and Dutch – the three official languages of Belgium. An article by Dan on how to move abroad can still be found on the website of the former magazine Transitions Abroad at http://www.transitionsabroad.com/publications/magazine/0507/moving_abroad.shtml Today, he does volunteer English language training and French to English translations for Médecins sans frontières (MSF – Doctors without Borders) in Brussels and leads English language conversation groups in Verviers.

David Harris-Gershon

David Harris-Gershon

David Harris-Gershon – a blogger for Tikkun magazine and a freelance writer on Israel, the Middle East and America's role in the region – has recently published work in Colorado Review, The Jerusalem Post, AlterNet, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) and elsewhere. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

You can follow him on Twitter @David_EHG and read his commentary on Israel, the Middle East and America's role in the region here.

David is represented by Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, which is currently shopping Shrapnel. For manuscript inquires or any other questions, contact the author at [email protected] (dot) com

You can follow his blog on Daily Kos here.

Debbie Houston

I am a Gwinnett native, married, with two grown sons, Dustin and Jeff, and one papillon grand-dog named Dakota. I live in Lilburn, Ga., with my husband Eddie and our cockerpoo Nikki. I attended Mercer University in Atlanta and am retired from AT&T public relations. I am the media chair for the Philadelphia Winn Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Lawrenceville. I enjoy writing, genealogy, and history. I love dogs and nature.

David Roberts

More than you want to know: I am a senior citizen, quick someone tell me when is graduation, I was too old to be beatnik and too young to be a hippie. You've heard "middle-aged crazy" well I went middle-aged sane.

The first half of my life I was a professional musician. First in the 30th Army band in Munich Germany. I played tuba in the marching band, string bass in the big band and jazz ensemble, the last one paid...more than just the $120 a month the army paid me.

Back home attending school on the GI Bill at Auburn University studing music composition under John Tamblyn PhD. His piano teacher's piano teacher was Bella Bartok. In my Junior year Summer Qtr, Body Hinton head of the music department called me in and asked if I'd like to go on the road with the Jimmy Dorsey Band. Whoa sez I, my ship has come in I' going into the "big time". Yeah, I said yes. Told my wife this is it darli' next stop New York City. But I picked up the band in Indianapolis, Indiana they were staying at the Hilton yessir’re the big time.

The next morning at check out I met the piano player aka Fice Mook at check out. I asked him doesn’t the band pay for the hotel? He just laughed. I knew I was sold short.

Long story longer: at 35 I was with a band that had signed a record deal with London records, the man who signed us was the same man, Walt McGuire, who had signed the Rolling Stones to their first record deal; our producer was Chips Moman who was responsible for reviving Elvis’s career after the army…. Whoa sez I, my ship has come in I'm going into the "big time." Yeah, I said yes. Told my wife this is it darlin' next stop New York City. We did play NYC, recorded an album and nothing else happened at 40 I realized a life of Sex Drugs, and Rock’n’Roll wouldn’t see me in retirement… so I decided I had to learn how to make a living… more later...

My father said you can’t know where you’re going without knowing where you’ve been and you can’t know yourself with out knowing who you came from…

I am the son of Norwood Roberts son of Philip Roberts the son of William Roberts son of Philip Roberts III son of Philip Roberts II son of Philip Roberts I son of Thomas Roberts. Philip Roberts II fought with General Marion in the War of Independence or Revolutionary War .

My great, great, grandmother was Mary Ann Evans whose mother was Ann H. Macon whose father was Hartwell Macon whose mother was Mary Stephens whose father was William Stephens whose father was Richard Stephens whose father was Richard Stephens whose father was Richard Stephens whose father was Edward, Lord of Eastington, Stephens whose father was Henry Stephens whose father was John Stephens whose father was John Stephens Esq. whose father was Baron John Stephens whose father was Baron Richard Stephens whose father was John Stephens whose father was John Fitz Stephen whose father was Henry Fitz Stephen whose father was Henry Fitz Stephen whose father was John Fitz Stephen whose father was Ralph Fitz Stephen whose father was Ralph Fitz Stephen whose father was Ralph Fitz Stephen whose father was Thomas Fitz Stephen whose father was Airard Fitz Stephen came to England in 1066 from Normandy. Airard Fitz-Stephen who was the captain of the ship Moira, the ship that William the Conqueror took to England for the invasion and the subsequent Battle of Hastings.

Diane Rooks

Diane Rooks

Diane loves telling stories to audiences of all ages and teaching people about storytelling. She's been involved in storytelling and public speaking for many years and uses those skills to create programs and stories to help people navigate changes in their live. Her storytelling path changed direction following the death of her son when she realized that stories were the key to her own healing process. She grew stronger by remembering and telling stories of her son, which kept him present in her daily life. Selected milestones on her journey: Masters Degree in Storytelling - East Tennessee State UniversityAuthor of Spinning Gold out of Straw - How Stories Heal and the new CD/audiocassette - "Selected Stories from Spinning Gold out of Straw"Frequent teller on WFCF-FM Treasury of TalesLiving history performer for St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and St. Augustine Historic Preservation BoardStorytelling World special advisor and contributorHealing Story Alliance secretary and resource coordinatorPerformer in dozens of festivals including Atlanta Storytelling Festival, Florida Folk Festival, Gamble Rogers Festival, Cracker Festival, Stephen Foster Festival, Caladium Festival, Florida Citrus Festival - and othersPresenter at the national conference of The Compassionate Friends, an international organization for bereaved parentsMember of National Storytelling Network, Southern Order of Storytellers, Florida Storytellers Association, and Tale Tellers of St. Augustine.Former board member of FSA and Tale TellersState representative and judge for the National Storytelling Youth OlympicsCertified bereavement facilitator - American Academy of BereavementFacilitator of local chapter of The Compassionate Friends organizationKeynote speaker -- Community Hospice of NE FloridaContributor to Sandspun -- Florida Tales by Florida TellersTeacher for school students developing stories from historyTeacher and coach for performers at World Golf VillageCultural exchange student at University of Edinburgh, ScotlandPerformer for ElderhostelStoryteller for Camp Healing Powers - a bereaved children's campDiane is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and holds an AB from Georgia State University in Psychology and Information Systems and an M.Ed. from ETSU. In addition to her deceased son, she has two daughters and six grandchildren. She and her husband, Wilton Rooks, live on Lake Lanier, near Atlanta, and enjoy sailing and traveling.

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is Founder and principal author at Seeing the Forest, and a blogger at Speak Out California. Dave is a frequent public speaker and talk-radio guest and a leading participant in the progressive blogging community. He does a regular weekly segment on the popular Fairness Doctrine radio show. A featured contributor at Huffington Post, his work also appears at many other sites including Open Left, AlterNet, MyDD and Common Dreams. Currently Dave is a Senior Fellow with the Institute for the Renewal of the California Dream working on progressive messaging, a Fellow at Campaign for America's Future, where he writes about issues involving American manufacturing, trade, what might be called industrial policy and a Fellow at the Commonweal Institute, where he researches and writes about the relationship between corporations and democracy. Recently Dave helped co-found Carbon Tracing, Inc., the company developing the desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US. Before starting Seeing the Forest, Dave had over over 20 years of technology industry experience and has previously held senior industry positions including CEO and VP of Sales and Marketing. His earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic, and he was a pioneer in design and development of productivity and educational applications of personal computers.

Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy

I am an assistant professor at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, specializing in new-media trends. I write a weekly online column for The Guardian’s Comment is Free America section, and was a finalist for a Syracuse University Mirror Award in media commentary in both 2008 and 2009.

In addition, I am a contributing writer for the Boston Phoenix, for whom I worked as the media columnist from 1994 through 2005. While at the Phoenix, I won the National Press Club’s 2001 Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ 1999 award for media reporting. I’m also a regular commentator on media issues on “Beat the Press,” on WGBH-TV (Channel 2).

My weblog, Media Nation, is featured on Jim Romenesko’s media-news site at Poynter.org and on the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s Daily Briefing page.

On the summit of Mt. Hancock.

On the summit of Mt. Hancock (south)

My book on the culture of dwarfism, “Little People: Learning to See the World Through My Daughter’s Eyes,” originally published by Rodale in 2003, is now available in a free online edition issued under a Creative Commons license, as well as a high-quality, print-on-demand paperback edition. “Little People” was praised by the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Providence Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and was featured by NPR, Salon, and Child Magazine.

From 1979 through 1989 I worked as a reporter for The Daily Times Chronicle of Woburn, Mass., where I covered the trial at the center of Jonathan Harr’s book “A Civil Action.” My account of the case and its aftermath is online here.

On July 21, 2007, my son, Tim, and I hiked to the northern and southern summits of Mt. Hancock, my 47th and 48th (and final) 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire, finishing a quest I had begun in 1968.

I am currently writing a book on the New Haven Independent and the rise of hyperlocal community news sites, to be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2012.

David Kyler

David Kyler

Executive Director at Center for a Sustainable Coast.

Dallas Lee

Dallas Lee, former writer and editor for The Associated Press and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, retired as a speechwriter from Bank of America. He is author of The Cotton Patch Evidence: The Story of Clarence Jordan and the Koinonia Farm Experiment (Harper & Row 1971).

Don Lively

Don Lively

Don Lively is a retired police officer and freelance writer. He lives in Shell Bluff, Georgia.

Don O'Briant

Don O'Briant

Don O'Briant is a former book editor and reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of seven books, including Looking for Tara: The GWTW Guide to Atlanta; Travel Smart: Georgia; and Backroad Buffets & Country Cafes: A Southern Guide to Meat-and-Threes & Downhome Cooking. He lives in Lilburn, Georgia.

Door Guy

Door Guy

Writer, marketing consultant, part-time dishwasher at the Fruitland Park Cafe and a blogger at Daily Kos.

Daniel Palmer

Daniel Palmer

The more that you hate, the harder I work, the harder I work, the better I get, the better I get, the more you hate... Daniel Palmer is Vice President of Sports and Entertainment at Atlas Strategies. LLC. He played football on scholarship at Columbia University and was a 2007 graduate with a major in political science. He is an Atlanta native who graduated from the Westminster Schools in 2003. Follow Daniel on Twitter at: http://m.twitter.com/dpalm66 Blog: http://dpalm66.blogspot.com/

David Parker

David Parker

David B. Parker, a native of North Carolina, is Professor of History at Kennesaw State University. He has written on humorist Bill Arp, evangelist Sam Jones, novelist Marian McCamy Sims, and other southern topics.

Dave Pruett

Dave Pruett

Dave Pruett, a former NASA researcher, is an award-winning computational scientist and emeritus professor of mathematics at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, VA. His alter ego, however, now out of the closet, is a writer. His first book, Reason and Wonder (Praeger, 2012), a "love letter to the cosmos," grew out of an acclaimed honors course at JMU that opens up "a vast world of mystery and discovery," to quote one enthralled student. For more information, visit reasonandwonder.org

Rose Weaver

Rose Weaver

Rose is a Complex Enigma; unable to fully describe easily in text. An unemployed Disabled Veteran, part time writer, photographer, full time student and practitioner of esoteric spirituality. Her activist side recently came out of the closet as she began to assist the Occupy Wall Street movement from her laptop in her humble Section 8 apartment during hours she isn’t attending appointments or sleeping off a migraine. Her simple role within this movement is gathering news from various sources, filing it under #OWSNews on Twitter, and providing support to those who brave the elements, and the police, on the ground in NYC, and now in Albuquerque, NM.

Dina Rasor

Dina Rasor

Dina Rasor is an investigator, journalist and author. Rasor has been fighting waste while working for transparency and accountability in government for three decades. In 1981 Rasor founded the Project on Military Procurement (now called the Project on Government Oversight, or POGO) to serve as a non-profit, non-partisan watchdog over military and related government spending. Rasor's most recent book, "Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War," chronicles first-hand accounts of the devastating consequences of privatized war support for troops and the overall war effort in Iraq. Click here to view a 2008 Truthout interview with Rasor. She also founded the Bauman & Rasor Group that helps whistleblowers file lawsuits under the Federal qui tam False Claims act and has been involved in cases which have returned over $100 million back to the U.S. Treasury.

David Rotenstein

David Rotenstein is a Maryland historian. He writes about architectural and industrial history and has worked in historic preservation and public history since 1984. He is completing a book on gentrification and housing history in Decatur, Georgia. In a past life he also wrote about music and popular culture for newspapers and magazines.

David Swanson

David Swanson

David Swanson is also the author of "The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush," by Dennis Kucinich (2008). Swanson wrote the foreword to "Another Life" by Karen Malpede, 2011, and contributed two chapters to Fix America, 2011. Swanson is Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, creator of ProsecuteBushCheney.org and Washington Director of Democrats.com, a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, the Backbone Campaign, Voters for Peace, and the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, and chair of the Robert Jackson Steering Committee. Swanson joined the board of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy in December 2011. To read more about David Swanson and there is so much more, please go to DavidSwanson.org.

Denise Oliver Velez

Denise Oliver Velez

Feminist, Activist, former Young Lords Party and Black Panther Party member, applied cultural anthropologist.  See her diaries at Daily Kos.

Daniel K. Williams

Daniel K. Williams

Daniel Williams is a professor of history at the University of West Georgia. He is the author of “God’s Own Party: Making of the Christian Right.”

Dindy Yokel

Dindy Yokel writes for the Georgia Online News Service.

Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown is an attorney and the author of eleven books, including Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free. Her websites are webofdebt.com and ellenbrown.com.  She is also chairman of the Public Banking Institute.

Eleanor Ringel Cater

Eleanor Ringel Cater

Eleanor Ringel Cater, long-time movie critic for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, also has been a regular contributor to CNN, MSNBC, Entertainment Weekly, Headline News and WXIA, Atlanta's NBC affiliate, and a columnist for TV Guide.

Eileen Dight

Eileen Dight

Eileen Dight is a retired British specialist on trading in Spain, now resident in Ireland. Spanish- and French- speaking, graduate (at 46) of International Politics and History; former editor, interpreter and fundraiser. Her five sons and twelve grandchildren live in four different Time zones around the world. She has lived in England, Wales, Spain, France and Virginia, North America for 11 years. In 2012 she self-published her memoir Plate Spinner and Only Joking, 200 pages of collected jokes categorized for easy reference, as well as What’s On My Mind, her first 50 essays published in Like The Dew. All available on Amazon.com.

Earl Fisher

Earl Fisher

I live in Prattville, Alabama, though I'm not sure why. In real-life I own and operate a remodeling company, repairing and renovating homes in the Montgomery, Prattville, Millbrook areas. I have two books published--Westerns, published by Avalon Books, Thomas Bourgey & Co,., which is no more. Either of the books may be bought as e-bo0oks by Amazon. I have three blogs--fisherremodelers.blogspot.com, where I push my company, showing jobs we've done and giving remodeling hints. Then there is loveandwaramongyoungzombies.blogspot.com, a young adult zombie/Civil War book I'm writing with my wife, Linda, who has two young adult books of her own published. Actually, it's written, but we're re-writing and editing as we put it out there a few chapters a week. Then there's 500opinions.blogspot.com, where I act myself and tell others what the names are of the best 100 books, movies, TV shows, music, comics, and meals ever. It's a ton of fun, and a ton of work.

Maisha White

Maisha White

Maisha was born and reared in South Louisiana. She is a mother of three and the author of one book, SOUL KISS (available at http://i-proclaimbookstore.com/soulkiss.html). Maisha is currently working on several projects, including a spoken word album which should be ready by February 2010.

Erin Kotecki Vest

Erin Kotecki Vest

Erin Kotecki Vest is BlogHer, Inc.’s Social Media Strategist helping BlogHer make the most impact in the quickly-evolving new media landscape. Erin also served as BlogHer’s Political Director throughout the seminal 2008 election cycle and beyond, connecting community members directly to legislators and policy-makers. And as BlogHer’s Producer of Special Projects, Erin spearheaded several online video and editorial initiatives aimed at raising the profile of BlogHer’s 20 million plus community members.
Prior to joining BlogHer, she spent ten years as a broadcast journalist in Los Angeles, Orlando and Detroit winning six Golden Mic Awards with LA news institution KFWB.

Elliott Brack

Elliott Brack

Elliott Brack is a native Georgian and veteran newspaperman. He published the weekly Wayne County Press for 12 years; was for 13 years the vice president and general manager of Gwinnett Daily News, and for 13 years was associate publisher of the Gwinnett section of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. He now publishes, in retirement, Web sites on Gwinnett County, http://www.gwinnettforum.com, and Georgia news, http://www.georgiaclips.com.

Steve Krodman

Steve Krodman

Steve Krodman, AKA the Bard of Affliction, lives in the steaming suburbs of Atlanta with his wife and two cats. He is partial to good food, fine wine, tasteful literature, and Ridiculous Poetry. Most significantly, he has translated the Mr. Ed theme song into four languages.

Ron Feinberg

Ron Feinberg

Ron Feinberg is a veteran journalist who has worked for daily newspapers across the Southeast, including the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla. and the Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, N.C. He recently retired from The Atlanta Journal Constitution where he had been an editor since 1979. He was the news editor for The Atlanta Journal before it was folded into The Atlanta Constitution in the mid-1980s, then news editor for The Constitution. In the mid-1990s he helped create the AJC's Faith & Values section and served as its first editor

Elizabeth Shugg

Elizabeth Shugg

Elizabeth Shugg is a freelance writer in Apex, N.C. Born and raised in Georgia, she has also lived in South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and West Virginia. Elizabeth was editor of Wake Living and Fifteen501 magazines until about three years ago, when she left her post to focus on writing for the digital world. She now runs a social network for North Carolina parents called Triangle TRACKS (tools, resources and activities for Carolina kids). You can learn more about Elizabeth here.

FishOutofWater

FishOutofWater

Former Kauai body surfer now living near a pond in central North Carolina. I enjoy watching the blue herons in the early morning. Expertise:environmental geochemistry & energy & health and safety & govt regulation. Also, nuclear waste.

Brett Martin

Brett Martin

Brett is a 20 years veteranof broadcast tv news as an anchor, reporter, producer, and photographer. He now has a new company, Brett Martin Productions, that expands into the online world . He makes high end commercials for real estate clients and continues to be a film critic and a member of the BFCA,  broadcast film critics association. Brett has met and interviewed just about every A-list star in Hollywood. If you have any questions or ideas...please contact Brett. [email protected] http://www.flickedup.com/

Fatima Najiy

Fatima Najiy is an intern for ThinkProgress.org. Fatima is a native Washingtonian — which is, oddly enough, a rare animal in this line of work — and current undergraduate student at Bowie State University where she was an occasional political columnist for The Spectrum. Prior to coming to ThinkProgress, she interned at The Washington Post as a Multiplatform Producer.

Frederick Palmer

Frederick Palmer

Writer, painter, Registered Nurse and teller of tales true and untrue who loves nice people, lives in the woods, had a big heart attack, grew up by a funeral home, plays with dogs, makes music sometimes and likes watching people. Loves creativity and strange ideas.

Francisco Silva

Francisco Silva

Francisco Silva is a professor of psychology at the University of Redlands. His interests include the study of what people understand about causality and the psychology of music.

Gaius

Gaius

Gaius is a frequent writer/diariest for the Daily Kos. He offers no background or personal information.

All we know is his work and this screen name at Daily Kos. Wikipedia suggest that "Gaius or Caius being merely his personal name (praenomen)", but it could also be a references to Gaius, the jurist,

"Quotation: 'The law is what the people order and establish'"

"Gaius (floruit AD 130–180) was a celebrated Roman jurist. Scholars know very little of his personal life. It is impossible to discover even his full name. As with his name it is difficult to ascertain the span of his life, but it is safe to assume he lived from AD 110 to at least AD 179, since he wrote on legislation passed within that time. From internal evidence in his works it may be gathered that he flourished in the reigns of the emperors Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius and Commodus. His works were thus composed between the years 130 and 180. After his death, however, his writings were recognized as of great authority, and the emperor Theodosius II named him in the Law of Citations, along with Papinian, Ulpian, Modestinus and Paulus, as one of the five jurists whose opinions were to be followed by judicial officers in deciding cases. The works of these jurists accordingly became most important sources of Roman law."

The photo we used for his author photo is of the bas-relief of Gaius from the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gordon Anderson

Gordon Anderson

I graduated WCU with a BFA in 1987. My focus was more towards design, and after graduation I pursued architecture; however, life has a way of moving on, and I soon found myself following the standard route with wife, kids, and the white picket fence. Never once did I think about writing. In fact, though coming from a family of avid readers, I hated anything to do with reading and writing; maybe because I was the black sheep, or simply because I had trouble focusing on it, finding it boring. I was always on the go; sitting down with a good book was like watching plaster set when the fish were running. As I got older I ran a construction business, so about the only thing I read was technical jargon. At 45, being stricken with cancer, my mother passing from it, going through an awful divorce, and losing my business, my life quickly changed directions. A few more things reared their heads, and then my life started to turn for the worse. It was like being pushed out of a racing car at 80 MPH and tumbling down the freeway, but I wouldn't trade the experience of the tumble for anything. We all have pain from old wounds, it's how we define the scars of our past that defines our character today. For a long time after I had troubles sleeping, constantly tossing and turning in thought. Then one night, I just got up and wrote a short story, as if it had been there the whole time. Ironically, during the same week, I came across a book of collected short stories of well-known authors. What compelled me to pick it up I don’t know, but I couldn’t put it down, each night reading more until it was finished, though never quenching my thirst for it. On my bookshelves today stand the majority of works of many of the greats. I also have read many how to write books; they all basically say the same thing: you either got it, or you don't. So then, why write a how to book if you can’t teach it? Isn’t that like giving a paddle board to a person with no legs? I thought I like to ponder as I observe the masses: Do most people focus on a path that they perceive to be their route towards happiness, but in their pursuit they are blind to the simple things that reward it?

Glenn Carroll

Glenn Carroll

Glenn Carroll is an artist living and working in Decatur, Georgia. She is the long-time coordinator of Nuclear Watch South, grassroots environmental group, which organizes resistance to nuclear power, nuclear waste and nuclear weapons. She is still an optimist despite what she has learned about the nuclear industry. Her blog: https://nonukesyallblog.wordpress.com/

Gryphon Corpus

Gryphon Corpus

Gryphon Corpus lives in Easton, Maryland, where she owns a hand-dyed luxury yarn company, homeschools her daughter, and dreams of building a little straw bale house of her very own. You can check out her yarns at www.verdantgryphon.com

Gib Ennis

Gib Ennis is a retired sales executive whose interest in the American Civil War is based on a lifetime of reading and amateur research on the subject. He writes a column for the Daily Dunklin Democrat in Kennett, Missouri, and was a creative writing major at the University of Missouri.

Gita M. Smith

Gita M. Smith

Gita M. Smith is a former Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer who covered Alabama -- yes, the whole state -- for the paper's national desk where she fell under  the dangerous influence of Keith Graham and Ron Taylor.  She writes flash fiction at 6S, Thinking 10 and fictionaut.

Gail Kiracofe

Born in Mishawaka, Indiana, Gail has moved around the country a lot and now lives in a retirement community in Virginia. She was a Marine Corps wife and worked for the Girl Scouts in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. She takes lots of Life Long Learning classes, and continues to hone her writing skills.

Georgia Logothetis

Georgia Logothetis

Georgia Logothetis is a contributing editor at Daily Kos.  She writes frequently about politics and was director of new media in 2009 for the U.S. Senate campaign of Alexi Giannoulias, an Illinois Democrat who lost to Republican Mark Kirk.

Glenn Overman

Glenn Overman

Glenn Overman doesn't share much personal information not because he doesn't like or trust you personally, but because some of those people reading over your shoulder are just whacked. He's been everywhere, but he lives in NE FL and is fond of saying, "It's not the heat, it's the stupidity."

Gregory C. Dixon

Gregory C. Dixon

Gregory C. Dixon is an assistant professor of political science and planning at the University of West Georgia. He is an expert on international conflict, conflict management, foreign policy and institutions of global governance.

Overman & Senn

Overman & Senn

Glenn Overman writes from the heart of the Bozarts, near South Georgia's largest city, J-action-ville, FLA.   He likes to write and he thinks about stuff way too much.  He doesn't share much personal information not because he doesn't like or trust you personally, but because some of those people reading over your shoulder are just whacked. Oscar Senn has been painting since second grade. He has always worked in oils. His fine art ranges from large format Western and Florida landscapes to works that explore the spiritual side of childhood and common American life. Loose and abstract at the surface, landscapes and waterscapes can appear alluringly photographic from a distance. His figural paintings evoke a poignant narrative moment in the life of souls. He was educated at Ringling School of Art in Sarasota Florida. He has worked as a newspaper illustrator in Florida and an advertising Art Director in both Florida and California. His work has been included in Communication Arts magazine’s Illustration Annual and honored by the New York Art Director's Show. As a fine artist, he is represented in Los Angeles by Couturier Gallery on La Brea and Fairfax Gallery in Ponte Vedra, Florida. His work is featured in collections all over the country. Mr. Senn has designed toys, TV commercials, posters,  logos, and annual reports. He currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida with a dog, two cats, and a turtle. The reason I paint

Almost surely, the first prayer was offered deep in the earth, by firelight, before an ochre outline of a buffalo. Painters have been priests ever since. This is not overstatement. Art is one of the last sources of wonder for modern people. I offer these paintings as windows onto something indefinable – a magical act of creation that can make the corner of a home into a refuge, a place of domestic pilgrimage. It’s the best thing I can do.

Gina Williams

Gina Williams

Gina Williams is a Southern born writer bringing to us some of the misconceptions people have about people from the South. Gina is a writer of various topics, including educational pieces on motorcycle accidents at http://www.motorcycleaccident.org. More about Gina from Gravatar.com: "Houston, TX, USA. After a friend driving too fast died in a motorcycle accident, I decided to start a website devoted to preventing motorcycle accidents through public education. As a writer, I write blog posts and articles for my website, as well as free guest posts for other websites. While I do spend a good portion of my professional life writing about motorcycle related topics, I also enjoy writing about many others, e.g. SEO, finance, fitness, health, etc."

Harriet Barr

Harriet Barr

Harriet, age 8 ½, is an accomplished artist, writer, singer, fashion and holiday consultant, and student at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston. In addition to being the gleam in her parents' (and grandparents') eyes, she's a Gamecock fan and her favorite actor is Will Ferrell. She plans one day to become an art teacher, though most of us presume she'll rule the world.

Henry Dreyer

Henry Dreyer, a Carrollton resident, served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service. His first duty station was at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he served on a fast attack submarine. He recalls his opportunity to take place in a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony on the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.

Heather Boushey

Heather Boushey

Heather Boushey is Senior Economist at American Progress. Her research focuses on employment, social policy, and family economic well-being. Much of her current work focuses on the Great Recession’s impact on workers and their families, as well as policies to promote job creation. She co-edited The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything (Simon & Schuster ebook, 2009) and was a lead author of “Bridging the Gaps,” a 10-state study about how low- and moderate-income working families are left out of work support programs. Her research has been published in academic journals and has been covered in The Washington Post, Newsweek, and a variety of other media outlets, including The New York Times, where she was called one of the “most vibrant voices in the field.” She also spearheaded a successful campaign to save the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation from devastating budget cuts.

Boushey received her Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and her B.A. from Hampshire College. She has held an economist position with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute, where she was a co-author of their flagship publication, The State of Working America 2002/3. She grew up in a union family in Mukilteo, Washington, and now lives with her husband, Todd Tucker, in Washington, D.C.

Email: [email protected]

William Hedgepeth

William Hedgepeth

William Hedgepeth is a former senior editor and Southeastern bureau chief for LOOK magazine and a former editor at LIFE, Saturday Review, and other national and international publications. A longtime political campaign consultant, he has written for television and films in Hollywood and has authored several books, one of which, "The Hog Book," has just been reissued by the UGA Press. He is married to journalist Carol Carter, also a contributor to "Like the Dew," and lives in the forests of North Georgia with a loyal army of animals.

Hollis B. Ball III

Hollis B. Ball III

Hollis B. Ball is an American writer, born and raised in Covington, GA, who has lived and taught in Cairo, Egypt for the past 6 years.

Hamp Skelton

Hamp Skelton is an Austin, Texas, lawyer who grew up in Atlanta.

Hugh

Hugh

Hugh is a frequent blogger at Corrente and Naked Capitalism. His posts here are under Creative Commons license.

Hyde Post

Hyde Post

Hyde Post, 59, was vice president, media strategy, for News Distribution Network, from August 2009 to May 2011 and continues with NDN in a strategy consulting role. NDN is a digital video aggregation and distribution company based in Atlanta. Previously, he served as vice president, internet for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and its web portfolio, including ajc.com and accessatlanta.com, from August 2006 to July 2009.
He was one of the original developers of ajc.com in 1998. Under his direction, the AJC web portfolio grew from three employees to an organization that included more than 75 FTE's and generated annual revenues in excess of $25 million. Prior to focusing full-time on the web, he served as assistant managing editor in charge of the daily Atlanta Constitution and also headed the Innovation Group, a cross-functional skunkworks for new product development. He served previously with the newspaper as a reporter, special projects editor and assistant managing editor for local news. Projects he edited and/or directed garnered a number of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting (bank redlining in Atlanta -- 1988) and the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting (bacterial resistance to antibiotics --1993).
He currently works from St. Simons Island, Georgia as a consultant in the digital strategy and web development arena, and as a freelance writer and editor.
He also currently serves as a board member for the non-profit National Freedom of Information Coalition, and he is president and founder of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.

Ian Kim

Ian Kim

Ian Kim is Chief Operations Officer at Rebuild The Dream and Rebuild The Dream Innovation Fund. He was Green-Collar Jobs Campaign Director at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied at the University of Virginia and the Yale University School of Management.

Ivy Brashear

Ivy Brashear

A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Ivy Brashear is a regular contributor to The Rural Blog and Kentucky Health News.

Ian Millhiser

Ian Millhiser

Ian Millhiser is a Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Kenyon College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University. Ian clerked for Judge Eric L. Clay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and has worked as an attorney with the National Senior Citizens Law Center’s Federal Rights Project, as Assistant Director for Communications with the American Constitution Society, and as a Teach For America teacher in the Mississippi Delta. His writings have appeared in a diversity of legal and mainstream publications, including the Guardian, the American Prospect and the Duke Law Journal; and he has been a guest on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English, Fox Business and many radio shows.

Isabel Owen

Isabel Owen

Isabel Owen is a Policy Analyst for Education Policy at American Progress. Her work focuses on using expanded learning time as a school improvement strategy. Prior to joining American Progress, Isabel worked as legal assistant to Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin. As a legal assistant in the governor’s office, Isabel managed a wide range of duties including legal and archival research, drafting executive orders on behalf of the governor, and administering Wisconsin’s extradition and pardon processes. Isabel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a native of Newton, Massachusetts and Oxford, England.

Jack deJarnette

Jack deJarnette

I am a United Methodist Minister who in June 2008, was placed on incapacity leave due to kidney failure.  My kidneys failed due to immusuppression medications secondary to a heart transplant in 1997. The ministry is my second career having spent 12 previous years at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta as Chief Respiratory Therapist and Technical Director of Life Support Systems at Emory University School of Medicine. I  have a wonderful wife of 45 years, two super children, and four grandchildren. My life has been exciting, challenging, and full of wonder as in my early years I was concerned with saving lives and in my later years saving souls I was graduated  from Georgia Military Academy in 1961 (Woodward Academy). I attended Emory-at-Oxford College, The University of Georgia, Georgia State University, and Emory University for postgraduate work. I received my ministry credentials through the United Methodist Church Course of Study at Emory's candler School of Theology. My Theology is primarily Wesleyan and varies with the particular topic under discussion. I refuse to be labeled either liberal or conservative. My politics are moderate embracing what I hope is the best of all parties. I have a deep love for Christ, the Church, and the United States of America. Bev (my wife) and I are deeply thankful to God for the blessings that have been showered on us throughout our lives.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

Jim Clark is the Elizabeth H. Jordan Professor of Southern Literature and Chair of the Department of English and Modern Language at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina.  His books include Notions: A Jim Clark Miscellany, Dancing on Canaan’s Ruins, Handiwork, and Fable in the Blood: The Selected Poems of Byron Herbert Reece.  He has also released a CD of original poems and Appalachian folk music, Buried Land, and two CDs, Wilson and Words to Burn, with his band The Near Myths.  Currently, he is recording a CD of his musical settings of the poems of Byron Herbert Reece titled The Service of Song.

J.A. Myerson

J.A. Myerson

J.A. Myerson is an independent journalist who is involved in the Media and Labor Outreach committees at Occupy Wall Street.

Jared Keyel

Jared Keyel

Jared Keyel, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs, researching refugee resettlement in the United States.

Jasmine Burnett

Jasmine Burnett

Jasmine Burnett is with the New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice (NYC4RJ).

Joseph B. Atkins

Joseph B. Atkins

Joe Atkins, professor of journalism, has taught at The University of Mississippi since 1990. He teaches courses in Advanced Reporting, International Journalism, Ethics & Social Issues, Media History and Labor & Media. Atkins is the author of Covering for the Bosses: Labor and the Southern Press, published by The University Press of Mississippi in 2008, and editor/contributing author of The Mission: Journalism, Ethics and the World, published by Iowa State University Press in 2002. He organized an international “Conference on Labor and the Southern Press” at Ole Miss in October 2003. A statewide columnist and 35-year veteran journalist, Atkins was congressional correspondent with Gannett News Service’s Washington, D.C. bureau for five years. He previously worked with newspapers in North Carolina and Mississippi. His articles have appeared in publications such as USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Progressive Populist, Southern Exposure, Quill and the Oxford American. His blog on labor issues in the South is LaborSouth.blogspot.com. He can be reached at [email protected]. Joe's stories often appear on Labor South, Facing South, The Progressive Populist, In These Times, and AlterNet

Jay Thompson

Jay Thompson is a long-time international flight attendant. A graduate of Wake Forest University, she also holds a master's degree from Georgia State University. She lives at St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Jim Bentley and Jeff Nesmith

Jim Bentley joined The Constitution in 1958 and served as a reporter, assistant city editor, night city editor and city editor until leaving to join the Tennessee Valley Authority as director of information in February 1979. When offered a job as the first Cox Washington news editor, he jumped at it. He retired at the end of 1993 and moved with his wife, Pat, to Jekyll Island, Ga.

Jeff Nesmith was hired by The Constitution in the mid-1960s. He was a prize-winning reporter, held several editing jobs, married fellow reporter Achsah Posey and moved north to the Philadelphia Bulletin. When the Bulletin crumbled, the Nesmiths moved to Washington, where Achsah was a speech writer for Jimmy Carter and Jeff rejoined Cox in the Washington bureau. He won numerous journalism awards, including a Pulitzer, before the Internet stole the classified ads. Their granddaughter is the most important visitor to their home in Alexandria, Va.

Julian Bond

Julian Bond

A long-time leader in the civil rights movement, Julian Bond was a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. From 1998 to 2010, he served as chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Earlier he was elected — first to the House and then to the Senate — in the Georgia General Assembly, where he served for two decades.

Jacklyn C. Citero

Jacklyn C. Citero

I am a current master’s student at the University of Georgia in the Grady College studying Journalism and Mass Communications. I graduated from Clemson University in 2009 and I am currently pursuing my interests in journalism, social media, travel writing, public relations, photography, and music.

Jeff Cochran

Jeff Cochran

Jeff Cochran worked in advertising at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 27 years before accepting a buy-out in the Summer of 2008. In the seventies/early eighties, he handled advertising for Peaches Records and Tapes' Southeastern and Midwestern stores. He also wrote record reviews for The Great Speckled Bird, a ground-breaking underground newspaper based in Atlanta.

Jingle Davis

Jingle Davis

Jingle Davis, who lives in Athens, Georgia, has been a journalist for 25 years, freelancing for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and other national and regional newspapers and magazines. She operated the coastal bureau of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution for about a decade before moving to Atlanta to work as a metro reporter. She became a metro editor in 2003, first editing three weekly zoned editions of the paper (City Life Buckhead, City Life Midtown and South Metro), then moving to metro editing. She served as assistant city editor and was acting city editor before taking a buyout retirement offer from the paper in June, 2007.

Joan Donovan

Joan Donovan

I’m a graduate student in sociology at University of California-San Diego, living in West LA. At UCSD, I studied small networks of scientists and how they use resources, but recently changed my dissertation to cover the technologies of social changed used by the Occupy Movement. As a sociologist, I was drawn to Occupy as both a political forum for dissent and as a site to watch the rise of a small society. My role at Occupy LA is to travel between Southern California camps, meet people, and coordinate actions. I also work with fellow occupiers on www.interoccupy.net, where we use conference calling technology to connect occupations all over the world. And lastly, I blog at at OccupyTheSocial.com, Possible-Futures.org and Waging Nonviolence.org. To contact Joan, go to OccupyTheSocial.com/ask.

Josh Dorner

Josh Dorner

Josh Dorner is the Communications Director for the ThinkProgress war room. He brings four years of experience heading up communications strategy and media for all of the Sierra Club’s energy and global warming work, as well as its other federal legislative campaigns and political work. He also served as deputy communications director at the Clean Energy Works campaign. Prior to Sierra Club, Josh worked as an account executive at a PR firm that primarily served nonprofits, independent film distributors, and other arts projects. Josh graduated from Grinnell College with honors degrees in political science and French. He also holds a master of science in European politics and governance from the London School of Economics.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle

Extensive experience as a reporter, line editor, section editor and assignment editor. Have covered and directed coverage of government, politics, law and courts and crime and reported and edited articles on the arts and entertainment, business and other topics. Regularly designated rewrite man to combine multiple feeds during breaking news events. Self-starter with a good eye for stories. Have written, directed or edited watchdog reports, investigative reports, narrative stories, Web bursts and briefs, multiple-part stories and stand-alone features. Have taken management training courses, including courses on hiring staff, and have managed experienced reporters and rookies, directed “mobile journalists“ (known as "mojos“) and worked with writers based in distant bureaus or filing from the road. Specialties Coverage of courts, the law and crime. Coverage of the arts. Breaking news. Personality profiles and human interest stories.

Jim Fitzgerald

Jim Fitzgerald

A clinically trained psychologist, Jim had a private practice in Cobb County for almost 30 years. For the last ten years he has been a Professor of Psychology at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT, but lives in the North Georgia Mountains.

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis is the associate vice president for Facilities and director of Auxiliary Services at North Georgia College and State University. A native of Lumpkin County,  he received a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and his MS in Management from Georgia Tech. Jeff has “thru-hiked” the Appalachian Trail from Maine back to Georgia.  Jeff lives with his wife, Stephanie and son Aidan, age 11, in the Mill Creek community. They are are active in the Dahlonega United Methodist Church.

Jeffry Scott

Jeffry Scott

Jeffry Scott is a former staff reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where, over the course of 24 years, he covered two of the biggest trials in the city's history -- the racketeering trial of former mayor Bill Campbell, and the trial of courthouse shooter, Brian Nichols -- and wrote features on travel, food, politics, movies, TV and advertising, and covered breaking news on the metro desk. He left the paper two years ago and is living, quite happily, in St. Petersburg, Fla., as a freelance writer.

Jody Wegmueller

Jody Wegmueller

I am a retired farm girl who hated weeding the garden but loved messing about with the animals. I always had the wander-lust and so followed my dreams to travel and live in various foreign lands. At the age of 44 I finally found the Man of My Dreams who rescued me from frustrations in the government world. After retiring again, this time from a proper job, I moved to the mountains of West Virginia with my husband and once again took up "farming" albeit with only abundant flower beds, an ample vegetable garden and three dogs and four "worthless" cats. I don't mind pulling weeds now.

Jonathan Grant

Jonathan Grant

Jonathan Grant is the author of the novels Brambleman (winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for popular fiction) and Chain Gang Elementary. He is also the co-author and editor of The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia (UGA Press, 2001), named the state’s nonfiction “Book of the Year” and Editors Choice at American Heritage magazine. He is currently at work on The Unhappy History of Higgston, Missouri, the sad tale of a drone strike on a small town. Grant, formerly of Peach County, Georgia, grew up on a farm and graduated from the University of Georgia. After several years in years in journalism, including a stint as State News Editor at The Macon Telepgraph, Grant served as the Georgia Public Service Commission's first Public Information Officer (1982-1987). He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Judy. Contact him at [email protected]

Jim Stovall

Jim Stovall

A journalism professor at the University of Tennessee since 2006; Emory & Henry College, 2003-2006; University of Alabama, 1978-2003. Author: Writing for the Mass Media; Journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How; Kill the Quarterback; The Writing Wright; (among others). Seriously: a reader, writer, gardener, beekeeper, baseball fan, Methodist

Jesse Harwell

Jesse Harwell is a retired police detective who now owns and manages the site Master of Homeland Security. It is a resource for students looking to earn a Master's Degree in Homeland Security.  

James Hataway

James Hataway has a Masters degree in Religious Studies from the University of Tennessee. He joined the Grady family in 2008 to pursue a career in journalism. James is interested primarily in social and economic determinants of health. When not studying or writing stories for school, he works as a correspondent for the Athens Banner-Herald.

John Hickman

John Hickman

John Hickman is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government and International Studies at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where he teaches courses on war crimes, comparative politics, and research methods. He holds both a PH.D. in political science from the University of Iowa and a J.D. from Washington University, St. Louis. Hickman is the author of the 2013 Florida University Press book Selling Guantanamo.

Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill is the communications director at a private school in Atlanta. She is a former editor and reporter for The Atlanta Journal and Constition, where she worked in business news and features. She and her two sons live in Avondale Estates, Georgia.

Joni Hunnicutt

Joni Hunnicutt

Joni Hunnicutt is a music teacher and former writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Born in Weatherford, Texas, to a long line of pioneers, she grew up in Jonesboro, Georgia, and now calls Henry County home.

Jim Allen

Jim Allen

Jim Allen at 80 is living happily ever after with his lovely wife Judy Collins in the faraway tiny rural sweet home Our Town of Fredonia, Alabama, because, well, “Why not?”* In Fredonia, he is a member of the Fredonia town council, founding board member of the Fredonia Heritage Association and editor/publisher of the Free Fredonia Times. In former lives he more or less successfully impersonated a college English teacher (prepared by his background as dump truck driver, missile guidance technician, and math major) while publishing poetry in leading literary quarterlies, then moving on as ag publications editor for Extension at Auburn, freelance “communications consultant,” co-founder of the Vine & Fig Tree Community, nonviolent peace-with-justice activist, Alabama New South Coalition board member, founding board member and president of the Alabama Sustainable Ag Network, and invited speaker on environmental and energy issues. He blogs now and then at The Slowdown Dirty Truth. *Tolstoy, “Ivan the Fool”

Jimmy Booth

Jimmy Booth

Lifelong Georgia resident Jimmy Booth, who was a longtime Atlanta area journalist and public relations consultant, moved in fall of 2006 from Peachtree City, Ga., to Dahlonega, Ga. He and his wife Margo have become involved with several Dahlonega-based not-for-profit cultural arts and historical organizations working to keep alive the traditional mountain music, art and folkways which are a vital part of the area's heritage. Jimmy graduated from Emory University, where he served as editor of The Emory Wheel. During his journalistic career, he worked as publisher or editor of several Georgia weekly and small daily newspapers, and he was a section editor for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Now officially retired, he handles publicity for some of the events and organizations in the Dahlonega area.

Jim Warren

Jim Warren

Jim Warren, a Marietta, GA resident, is a self-taught writer of essays and observational humor. He is currently working towards completion of his second book: Barefoot on Hot Asphalt. His first book of essays: Cowlicked! Rants, Remembrances, and Ruminations is available through Amazon.com, Lulu.com or by contacting the author.

Jodi Jacobson

Jodi Jacobson

Jodi L. Jacobson is a long-time leader in the health and development community and an advocate with extensive experience in public health, gender equity, human rights, environment and demographic issues. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of RH Reality Check. In September 2011, Ms. Jacobson was awarded the "Preserving Core Values in Science" Award by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. Previously, Ms. Jacobson was the Director of Advocacy at American Jewish World Service, where she established a new department, leading the organization’s efforts to mobilize the American Jewish community toward ending the genocide in Darfur, fighting global AIDS, ensuring access to quality basic education worldwide, addressing the global food crisis, and promoting global debt relief and effective anti-poverty policies, among other issues. From 1994 to 2007, Jodi served as founder and Executive Director of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) (est. 1994), an organization that monitors and seeks to promote accountability of US international policy to women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights.

J.J. Hayden

J.J. Hayden

J.J. Hayden is a retired Professor of Instructional Technology and is a card-carrying “computer geek” having begun working with what then passed as “computers” in 1961. He spent his first 35 years attempting to help his fellow Mississippians before leaving to settle in Covington, Georgia. He is an Episcopalian from birth and a member of Church of the Good Shepherd.  His recent activities include establishing the East Metro for Social Justice wiki as a collection point for local resources as well as an online calendar which is a collecting point of listings of progressive activities & events. His periodic rants can be found at his Facebook page.  He is also Drum Sergeant emeritus for the North Georgia Pipes & Drums.

Ken Hawkins

Ken Hawkins

Ken Hawkins is a photojournalist who has covered politics, disasters, and conflict zones—including in Vietnam, Nicaragua, and El Salvador—since 1970, working globally for publications and agencies such as TIME, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Forbes, Paris Match, Stern, Newsweek, Wired, and the British Broadcasting Corporation. For over two decades, his work was represented by the photo agency SYGMA Paris/New York. Ken has served on the boards of several nonprofit agencies relating to the arts, social action, and photojournalism. He was a founder of the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar in 1973 and worked with the organization for thirty years. Ken also served as the Atlanta/Southeast chapter president of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), sitting on its national board and executive committee, and serving as ASMP’s national secretary.Hawkins is the author of Jimmy Carter – Photographs 1970 – 2010, a book of photographs published on the 40th anniversary of the grassroots campaign, that took a virtually unknown Southern peanut farmer turned politician to the highest office in the United States.Hawkins lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with his wife, Dana, and Zeke, their black Lab. He has two sons, Will and Ben.

JL Strickland

JL Strickland

From Jim Cobb: “JL” (no periods) Strickland, hails from down in “the Valley,” an area on The Alabama –Georgia line once known for its heavy concentration of textile mills. JL describes himself as an:

"Unemployed geezer, frustrated writer, forced into early retirement when the cotton mill where I worked for 48 years closed and went to Pakistan. In March of 2013, I did have the bad luck to actually die in the local ER. Luckily, ol’ Ben Franklin had discovered electricity and they shocked me back to life – or my version of it – with those magic paddles. I was further shocked that Alabama Power Company didn’t charge me a resurrection fee. Or hasn’t yet.”
JL is a prolific commentator who would doubtless slap anyone who called him a “pundit.” My friend Hardy Jackson thinks JL represents “the voice of the people. Or at least a whole lot of them.” I’d like to think so, but, I know one thing, he not only speaks for me, but a lot better than I could do it myself.

Jessica Luton

I'm a graduate student in UGA's Health and Medical Journalism program. Previously, I was a reporter for a small, community newspaper for three years. I write about health and wellness, technology, crime, politics, food and so much more.

John Manasso

John Manasso

John Manasso was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1972 to native New Yorker parents. Five years later, his family moved to Massachusetts, but never gave up its sports-rooting allegiances. As a result, John grew up a fan of the Yankees, Giants, Rangers and Knicks, like his father did, only in hostile territory. In some ways, he grew up the anti-New Englander: his parents couldn’t ski or skate like his neighbors and he passionately detested the Red Sox. So when the ponds froze over in winter and his friends laced up their skates to play hockey, he could only wait for the next day in the hope they would opt to play in the street. John went to American University in Washington, D.C., graduating with degrees in print journalism and history. His first job was taking high school box scores at The Washington Post. He worked at The Post for three years, covering high school sports, Navy and Georgia Mason University basketball and working on the copy desk. In 1997, he left for a two-year internship with the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 1999, he joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and began covering the Atlanta Thrashers in 2003. In 2007, he left for the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a tenure that lasted until April 2009. He is the author of “A Season of Loss,” a book about the death of Thrashers player Dan Snyder and his family’s journey through grief. He and his wife Christie have two children, Joey, 7, and Samantha, 4.

James N. Maples

James N. Maples

James N. Maples is a musician, applied sociologist, and writer from the foothills of East Tennessee. James presently resides just north of home up in the Bluegrass, where he is a sociology professor at Eastern Kentucky University.

James Marc Leas

James Marc Leas

James Marc Leas was an engineer and a prolific inventor in IBM's Microelectronics Division for more than 10 years before beginning his patent law practice. In January, 1993 he transferred from engineering to IBM's intellectual property law department and worked as an in-house IBM patent agent for almost 9 years. He opened his own outside patent law practice in November, 2000 while continuing to work for IBM in-house part-time. On September 1, 2001 he left IBM to pursue his own practice as a patent attorney full time. James wrote or prosecuted well over one hundred patent applications for IBM. James graduated from MIT with a B.S. in biology. He earned an M.S. in physics and completed all requirements toward the PhD in physics except the dissertation from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. James was admitted to the patent bar as a patent agent in 1990. He read for the Vermont bar while working in IBM's Intellectual Property Law Department and was admitted as a Vermont attorney and as a patent attorney in 1998. James has many publications on technical and non-technical topics and holds <a href="http://vermontpatentlawyer.com/myinvent.htm">40 patents</a> in his own name as an inventor.

Joy Moses

Joy Moses

Joy Moses is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Poverty and Prosperity program at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, she was a children and youth staff attorney at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. The majority of her practice focused on the education rights of homeless students.

She began her career as an Equal Justice Works fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund where she worked on policy and litigation activities related to high stakes testing, school desegregation, and access to the courts for civil rights plaintiffs. These efforts led Joy to become a co-editor and chapter author for a book entitled Awakening From the Dream: Civil Rights Under Siege and the New Struggle for Equal Justice as well as steering committee member for the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights. She has also served as a president of the Washington Council of Lawyers, an organization promoting pro bono and public interest advocacy as a means of ensuring equal justice for low income residents of the District of Columbia.

Joy received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Stanford University.

She can be reached via email at: [email protected]

Jim Newell

Jim Newell

Political writer & editor. Guardian liveblogger, former wonkette/gawker. Will freelance stuff 4 u. [email protected]

John Yow

John Yow

John Yow has written two books about birds, both published by UNC Press: The Armchair Birder: Discovering the Secret Lives of Familiar Birds (2009) and The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal: The Secret Lives of Birds of the Southeastern Shore (2012). His blog, "From Pumpkinvine Creek" (frompumpkinvinecreek.blogtspot.com) is generally concerned with the fate that awaits birds and all other species if we don't stop trashing the planet. Yow and his wife Dede live in the woods in northeast Paulding County.

Joel Groover

Joel Groover

Joel Groover is an Atlanta-based freelance writer whose past glories include writing obits at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, enduring a stint as a beat reporter at The Marietta Daily Journal and taking in some culture as a senior editor at Art & Antiques. He earned his journalism degree at The University of Georgia.

Joey Ledford

Joey Ledford

Joey Ledford is a veteran journalist, who for more than 20 years was a writer and editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He also served as a writer and editor for United Press International for eight years.

John Hickman with Sarah Bartlett

John Hickman with Sarah Bartlett

John Hickman is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government and International Studies at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where he teaches courses on war crimes, comparative politics, and research methods. He holds both a PH.D. in political science from the University of Iowa and a J.D. from Washington University, St. Louis. Hickman is the author of the 2013 Florida University Press book Selling Guantanamo.Sarah Bartlett is a tech specialist for public health projects in Sub-Saharan Africa by day and likes to think about other things by night. She is based in New Orleans.

John Dembowski

John Dembowski

John Dembowski is a Construction Site Manager. He grew up and lives again in Warner Robins, Georgia, after stints in Savannah, Athens, and Brunswick. He and his wife Vanessa are empty-nesters, who enjoy Georgia's beaches and mountains and the antique trail between the two.

John Huie

John Huie

John studied journalism, geology and wild plants at the University of Georgia and currently is a reporter for Flagpole Magazine.

John Tabellione

John Tabellione

Award-winning, published author expertise complemented by over twenty years of professional communications responsibilities as a marketing and sales executive in consumer goods and commercial industries. Proven track record with Fortune 500 companies as well as with medium-size firms encompassing a variety of products, including those of Georgia-Pacific, Kimberly-Clark and Stanley Works. John has a B.A. in English from Fairfield University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Hartford.

Jake Olzen

Jake Olzen

Jake Olzen is an activist/organizer, farmer, and graduate student at Loyola University Chicago. He is part of the White Rose Catholic Worker community.

Jonathan Odell

Jonathan Odell

I'm the author of three novels, The Healing (Random House 2012), The View from Delphi (Macadam Cage 2004) and Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League (Maiden Lane Press) to be released Feb 4th, 2015. My stories take place on my native Mississippi soil, where I split my time with my adopted other home, Minnesota.

Joseph Gatins

Joseph Gatins

For many years, a newsman with The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia, now retired. Reared in Paris and Atlanta and now lives with his artist-author wife Fran in the mountains of north Georgia, where he is learning to appreciate the wilds that surround them. Keeps the demons at bay hiking in nearby national forests and working an organic vegetable and flower garden.

Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer is a full-time instructor of composition and American literature at a small college in North Georgia. He is also the editor of politicdiscourse.com and regular contributor to The McLean Parlor.

Jason Parker

Jason Parker

Jason Parker – 28 year old student of Political Science and Economics at University of Georgia. From Savannah, Ga. His political humor, satire and news can be found at SelfDepricate.com

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber - Plato

Jonna Pattillo

Jonna Pattillo

Jonna Pattillo is a photographer, writer, and producer. She is from Atlanta.

Jeff Rayno

Jeff Rayno

Jeff Rayno is a former Chatham County commissioner and now heads the Coastal Empire Constitution Party.

Josh Sewell

Josh Sewell

Josh Sewell is coordinator of marketing publications at the University of West Georgia, as well as the film critic for the Times-Georgian in Carrollton. He has written numerous articles on film, television and pop culture. He received his B.A. in mass communications and M.A. in English from UWG.

Jon Sinton

Jon Sinton

Jon Sinton is an Atlanta-based serial media entrepreneur and writer. He was the founding president of Air America Radio, is a radio syndicator, and co-founder of the nonprofit Progressive Voices Institute Inc, whose smartphone app, Progressive Voices, aggregates everything watched, read and heard in the progressive world, and puts it in all one place on the Mobile Internet. ProgressiveVoices.com @jonsinton @progvoices

Jeff Spross

Jeff Spross

Jeff Spross is video editor and blogger for ThinkProgress.org. Jeff was raised in Texas and received his B.S. in film from the University of Texas, after which he worked for several years as an assistant editor in Austin and Los Angeles. During that time Jeff co-founded, wrote and produced The Regimen, a blog and podcast dealing with politics and culture. More recently, he has interned at The American Prospect and worked as a video producer for The Guardian.

Click here to contact Jeff.

John Sugg

John Sugg

John Sugg is executive editor of Georgia Online News Service (GONSO). He has more than 30 years of journalism experience. He held senior writing and editing positions at The Miami Herald, The Atlanta Constitution, The Palm Beach Post, American Lawyer, and the Creative Loafing group. Sugg's awards include honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.

John A. Tures

John A. Tures

John A. Tures is an Associate Professor of Political Science at LaGrange College in Georgia.  He writes about international politics, elections, sports, and the War of 1812.

Judy McCarthy

Judy McCarthy

Judy McCarthy, an attorney, lives on a farm in Loudon County, Tennessee, with her husband, Dennis, and their beagle, Lilly. She is currently working on a memoir about Southern culture.

Julian Riggs Smith

Julian Riggs Smith

Although I have kept a home in New Hampshire for fifty years and have been a town councilor there for more than ten years, I was born in Louisiana, grew up there and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, graduated Tulane, began my full-time teaching career in Alabama, ended it forty years later in Florida, and have had a home on Saint Simons Island since 1993.

Julie Ajinkya

Julie Ajinkya

Julie Ajinkya is a Policy Analyst for Progress 2050 at American Progress. Her work focuses on race-ethnic, gender, and immigration politics, and she pays particular attention to the changing demographics of multicultural societies such as the United States and Western Europe. Prior to joining American Progress, she was a research fellow and policy analyst at Gender Action, where she focused on the gendered impacts of International Financial Institution investments in the developing world. She was also a New Voices Fellow from 2003 to 2005 at the Institute for Policy Studies, where she coordinated the national outreach for the institute’s Foreign Policy in Focus project. Julie earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in government from Cornell University, where her doctoral dissertation examined the political behavior of children of Muslim immigrants and their campaigns for gender-justice activism in Europe and North America. She also earned a B.A. in political science from Amherst College.

Julie Puckett Fodera

I was born in Jackson, Mississippi, into a family of storytellers and writers. Through crazy turns, I ended up in suburban New Jersey, married to a hardworking photographer and raising two fantastic kids. I sell mattresses. I have a lot of stories to tell.

Just Plain Will

Just Plain Will

J. P. Will is a noted counselor, spiritual adviser and advice giver to the stars as well as the star-crossed. A former goat-herder and Arctic explorer, Will is the proud holder of a GED as well as a Certificate of Attendance of the Naples, Florida School of Online Tooth Extraction and Snow Removal. He also studied psychotherapy in Vienna, which he proudly points out is located about 75 miles due north of Hahira, Georgia.

All of these accomplishments make him as qualified to give advice as... er, well... anybody else.

In the spirit of full disclosure, there are many who think that Justplainwill is an alter ego of frequent Dew contributor, Will Cantrell ( furthering the notion that Cantrell needs a new, different, and better personality.) On the other hand, Cantrell, in a recent meeting with our editors, vehemently denied and disavowed any knowledge of Justplainwill's existence. (“Just plain who? Never heard of the jerk... that is unless he says that he owes me money”, said Cantrell.) Despite Cantrell's protestations and what we are sure was feigned indignation, we at Offices of The Dew have our suspicions --- especially since no one has ever seen both Justplainwill and Cantrell at the same place at the same time.

Jim Walls

Jim Walls

I’m an ink-stained wretch. Or a reporter’s editor. Or clunky and unpolished. More likely, all three and then some. I won’t even tell you what my reporters used to call me. Ask them if you run into them. I was a print journalist for 38 years, the last 28 at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, primarily as an editor. I ran the Gwinnett County bureau and the suburban, city and night desks at various times. I was privileged to work with a team of very talented investigative reporters for my last 12 years at the AJC. When the newspaper trimmed its staff in 2008, I took a buyout and prepared to change careers. But plans changed as I watched the newspaper business implode along with the public service journalism that I devoted my career to. So Atlanta Unfiltered was born to support and promote investigative journalism in Georgia.

Janet Ward

Janet Ward

Janet is a long-time Atlantan, grammar and punctuation Nazi and public relations manager whose hobby is hating Republicans. There is not enough room to list her various jobs, but she is currently happy in her position with the City of Atlanta, where she spends much of her time explaining to water/sewer customers that, if they let their toilets run, they should expect their bills to be high. Janet lives in Candler Park with her husband, Jack Wilkinson, a likethedew contributor, their dog, Jack (hey, he’s a rescue. He came with the name.) and Rosie the Cat, named, of course, for the Springsteen song. She has an inexplicable thing for the Monkees.

Jack Wilkinson

Jack Wilkinson

Jack Wilkinson has written about sports professionally for 37 years, but his career began in his hometown of Lynbrook, N.Y., on Long Island. His elementary school paper, the Marion Street Chatterbox, is the coolest-named paper he's ever worked for. Thank you, Mrs. Roseanne Waldstein, the school librarian and Chatterbox advisor. Jack worked at Newsday while a senior at Hofstra University, and later for the Miami News, Chicago Daily News, New York Daily News and, after moving to Atlanta in 1983, the local rag. A three-time Georgia Sportswriter of the Year, he gleefully took a buyout in June, 2007. Jack's written six books. The latest, "Of Mikes and Men -- A Lifetime of Braves Baseball," is the recently-released autobiography of co-author Pete Van Wieren. Published by Triumph Books of Chicago, "Of Mikes and Men" is now available at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Manuel's Tavern and other fine book outlets everywhere.

John M. Williams

John M. Williams

I teach at LaGrange College–a small, pleasant island in the ocean, Academia.  My colleagues are my friends; we are collegial.  I deal with creatures of inexhaustible charm, a foot on either side of that just beginning to widen crack which will force them shortly to leap one way, or fall the other.  They have vastly more promise than ignorance, but are rich in both.

I’ve been here so long I’m beginning to suspect some sorceress is playing a joke.  How did I get here?  Circuitously.

I was riding a stick horse in the pecan tree filled yard of a flat-roofed house in Auburn, Alabama–that much is vivid.  Then, it all begins to blur.  All my grammar school teachers were old (perfectly lovely) women; my children’s grammar school teachers were all hot babes.  Why is that?  The main thing I remember about high school is Mr. Goff.  Him, and a handful of friends (you know who you are).  I think everything I learned in high school could have been easily condensed into one strenuous afternoon.  Then college, where I was rejected by calculus and attracted to letters, my favorites being M and G.  The eras of my life have all been covered, one way or another, in my scribblings.  My childhood is encoded most accurately and completely in my story “In the Beginning Was Kitto.”  That gripping tale is not included here because it’s in a collection called Snake Dreams that I’m trying to sell!

After college, travel–then grad school, then travel, then five years in the printing business, then aimlessness, then LaGrange, grad school again, marriage, children, and a series of red felt-tipped pens.  Here, the birthdays have become like cards being fanned in a deck.  Like I said, a blur.  Blur blur blur.  You have to fight the blur!  Speak truth to blur!  You have to nail little exertions of precision to the shadowy walls of life’s dubious corridor.

To those of you in other trenches who hear this faint tapping–tap back!

Julianne Wyrick

Julianne Wyrick

Julianne Wyrick is currently a Health and Medical journalism graduate student at the University of Georgia. She has a B.A. in biochemistry from Asbury University and served as the senior news writer for Asbury's newspaper. She has also worked as a science-writing intern for Alltech, a global animal health and nutrition company.

Katherine A. Edmonds

Katherine A. Edmonds

Katherine A. Edmonds is a junior English, German, and International Studies major at Berry College. After graduating in December of 2017, she hopes to attend law school.

Karen Alley

Karen Alley

Karen Rose Alley was born and reared in West Virginia but spent the better part of her life in Ashland,Kentucky and Penn Laird, Virginia. She enjoys reading, crafts, baking … especially banana bread. And of course, writing. She and her husband Oscar have been married 55 years and have three children and seven grandchildren.

Kate McNally

Kate McNally

Born and raised in Atlanta, with degrees from UGA and UT Knoxville, Kate never lived above the Mason-Dixon line. That is, until she moved to Belgium. She now lives in the Belgian Ardennes, near Germany and The Netherlands, in an area where three cultures clash and co-exist. She used to have a stress-filled life, living in Washington DC and working as a management consultant all over the US and Canada. About 9 years ago, Kate and her husband Dan quit their jobs and moved to Europe. Now they teach English as a second language to business people there. They went there for two or three years. They're still here. Kate loves to cook, to travel, to paint and to write. She tries to do all of those as often as she can, and she shares tales of her life there in her blog. Kate says, "My blog is called 'Serendipity'. That pretty much sums up our life here in Belgium: serene with a little ‘dipity’ added. You’ll find here tales of our life as we sometimes struggle with other languages and other ways. You'll also find some paintings. And more than a few recipes, because I love to cook. My husband loves to eat. Perfect!" You can find her blog at http://serendipity-kate.blogspot.com/

Kevin Austin

Kevin Austin

Kevin S. Austin is from Poncey Highland -- and proud of it, Atlanta, GA, United States. Reporter, writer, newsman, clown. Hail fellow well met.  He recently embarked on a 45-day road trip to visit each of the eight universities in the University Athletic Association and attend soccer matches at the schools for a book he is writing.

Kirsten Barr

Kirsten Barr

Kirsten Barr, the eldest and most conservative daughter of “Like the Dew “ co-founder Lee Leslie, is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and currently resides in the state’s holiest city, Charleston. After matriculating from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, she vowed to permanently reside below the Mason Dixon line. This limited her opportunities for higher education; however, she did obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina (with honors). She is a partner in the firm of Trask & Howell (http://www.trask-howell.com/), where she practices workers’ compensation defense and frequently lectures on the esoteric nuances of workers’ compensation law (occasionally by invitation).

KC Wildmoon

KC Wildmoon

KC Wildmoon is an accidental journalist who never even bothered to finish school since her accounting major was incredibly boring. Instead, she opted for being a minor rock star and annoying as many government officials as possible on a regular basis. After 16 years at CNN, she's now doing forensic journalism for Ireland-based Storyful.

Kevin Duffy

Kevin Duffy

Kevin Duffy is a former reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he worked for 25 years before recently accepting a buyout offer. His last assignment was to cover the housing meltdown. Kevin and his wife, CNN editor Moni Basu, have lived in Atlanta's Inman Park neighborhood for 12 years.

Ken Edelstein

Ken Edelstein blogs regularly at http://cultofgreen.com, the Web site where he is editor and publisher. Likethedew.com recommends that our readers check out this new source of alternative journalism in Atlanta.

Kathleen R. Gegan

Kathleen R. Gegan

Owner at Gegan & Associates, an Atlanta based marketing and advertising firm.

Karen Grainey

Karen is the assistant director of Center for a Sustainable Coast. She lives and works in Savannah.

Ken Haldin

Ken Haldin

A communications, public affairs and corporate reputation professional with broad strategic communications experience within major public companies in the consumer products, environmental services and utilities sectors.

Kathleen Harbin

Kathleen Harbin

An Atlanta native, Kathleen Harbin studied at Auburn University and the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a degree in French. Also trained in German, she spent three decades as a flight attendant, mainly flying international routes, for Delta Air Lines.

Kathryn Hoffman

Kathryn Hoffman is a former Vanderbilt University Commodore.

Kip Burke

Kip Burke

Kip Burke, the news editor and columnist at The News-Reporter in Washington, Georgia, has been a writer, newspaper and magazine editor, photojournalist and ghostwriter in his 30-year career.

Kaili Joy Gray

Kaili Joy Gray

Kaili Joy Gray was born in 1978 in Santa Barbara. She worked on her first political campaign at six years old, as a doorknocker for her father’s City Council bid. Her first political act came in fifth grade when she successfully led a protest against the teacher for not calling on girls often enough. A graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a degree in women’s studies and a dean’s award in economics, her proudest academic achievement is that the state of California paid her to run her yap as the Opinion-Page Editor for City College. Kaili spent a year living in Virginia, where she learned that the most important issue in a gubernatorial race is who loves the death penalty more, and then lived in Washington, where she enjoyed the rain thirteen months a year. She now happily resides in the Bay Area, where the politics and the weather are pretty much perfect.

Kristie Macrakis

Kristie Macrakis

Kristie Macrakis is the author or editor of five books. Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies just came out in paperback. For more information see kristiemacrakis.com.

Kirk McAlpin

Kirk McAlpin

Kirk McAlpin works as a science writer and web designer for Georgia Sea Grant, a program that promotes research, education and outreach on the Georgia Coast. During his second year as a student in Health & Medicine Journalism at the University of Georgia in Athens, he had a science writing graduate assistantship with the UGA Office of Public Affairs. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is fluent in Spanish.  He is also a professional musician.

Kos Moulitsas

Kos Moulitsas

Markos "kos" Moulitsas is the founder and publisher of Daily Kos.

Ken Peacock

Ken Peacock

Ken Peacock, a former senior Australian executive of a mining company, first visited China in 1972 at the end of the Cultural Revolution and before diplomatic recognition by the Australian and US Governments. This was the first of many visits to China during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1978, he traveled throughout China with a trade delegation and revisited Shanghai where he stayed at the Shanghai Mansions Hotel and discovered the “Last Bottle of Gin in China”.

Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews is the pseudonym of former Atlanta Journal and Constitution reporter Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Since leaving the Journal-Constitution in 1991, she has found gainful employment by authoring 17 novels, including the Callahan Garrity mysteries written under her own name, and seven novels as Mary Kay Andrews, including The New York Times best-selling HISSY FIT, SAVANNAH BREEZE, BLUE CHRISTMAS and DEEP DISH, all published by HarperCollins. A native Floridian, she is a diplomate of the Maas Brothers Department Store School of Charm and The University of Georgia.

Lovell Jones, Ph.D.

Lovell Jones, Ph.D.

Lovell Allan Jones was born in Baton Rouge, La and was among the first African Americans to integrate school. He was also among the first undergraduates to integrate Louisiana State University, In 1968 he moved to California to continue his education, getting his Ph.D. with an emphasis in Tumor Biology & Endocrinology in 1977. He is now Research Professor at Texas A & M University Corpus Christi. In being bestow Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas Graduate School for Biomedical Science, became the first African American dual emeritus professor in the UT System, and probably one of the few, if not only in the United States. He was the director of the Congressionally Mandated Center for Research on Minority Health at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and co-founder of the Intercultural Cancer Council, the nation’s largest multicultural health policy organization. While maintaining as active scientific program to change the nation’s approach to research dealing with underserved populations, Dr. Jones started writing essays on societal issues and the lack of progress in closing the health and health care gap almost two decades ago. His essays, on LOVELL'S FOOD FOR THOUGHT, have appeared in a number of publications, first appearing on his personal email list serve to over 2000 of his “friends.” Here is what WEB Dubois' Great Grandson said after reading this FOOD FOR THOUGHT: When my great-grandfather said in 1903 that "The problem of the 20th Century is the problem of the color-line." he was clearly stating the exact point that Dr. Jones makes. It was so clear to him that the prejudices rampant in America during that time were so deeply ingrained that they represented a barrier worthy of being considered in terms that would require, at minimum, a century to resolve. When I'm asked about Grandpa's quote today I tell people that the number has changed to the 21st, but the problem seems to be equally as intractable now, as intractable now, as then. He went on to write many things about the "color-line" and "The Veil" over his 95 years. One that I find most succinct and touching is attached. It comes from his 1920 book "Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil". I think it lends insight and historical perspective to Dr. Jones' statement" ...that slavery is and continues to be a source of evil. An evil that we truly have never addressed. For it prevails in our biases, those subconscious innocent biases that play out on a daily basis."

Laura Smith

Laura Smith

Laura Smith graduated in 2010 from UGA with degrees in journalism and sociology. In addition to earning her master's in health and medical journalism, Laura is also pursuing a certificate in global health from the College of Public Health. She has a soft spot for infectious disease, which led her to East Africa in July 2011 to report on schistosomiasis control efforts. She hopes to use her degree to write truthful, effective health messages to the public on vaccination, infectious disease and the dynamics of our health system.

Lacey Avery

Lacey Avery

Lacey Avery is an independent journalist and graduate student at the University of Georgia pursuing health and medical journalism. Avery also works with Georgia Sea Grant, a program that promotes research, education and outreach on the Georgia coast; additional work can be found at laceyavery.weebly.com.

Lois Beckett, Propublica

Lois Beckett, Propublica

Lois Beckett has reported on changes in the news industry for the Nieman Journalism Lab. She was a 2010 Village Voice Media Fellow at the SF Weekly. She has written for the Times of India, the Accra Daily Mail, and the Reading Eagle, among others. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Social Studies.

Linda Hunt Beckman

Linda Hunt Beckman is Professor Emerita at Ohio University and has taught at the University of Massachsuetts in Boston and Arcadia University in Philadelphia. Her publications include A Woman’s Portion: Ideology, Culture, and the Female Novel Tradition; Amy Levy: Her Life & Letters, and the entry on Amy Levy for the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography that Oxford University Press published in 2004. At Ohio University, in addition to being Professor of English, she was Director of Women’s Studies for ten years.  She participated in the Civil Rights Movement in 1968, interviewing tenant farmers about hunger and malnutrition and, with Gary Hunt and Nancy Scheper-Hughes, writing an article that appeared in Ramparts magazine in November, 1969.

Lorraine Berry

Lorraine Berry

Lorraine Berry is project director for NeoVox, an online international student magazine, at SUNY Cortland.  She is a frequent contributor to Salon.com and also writes for Does This Make Sense? and Talking Writing.  She studied at Cornell University and the University of Washington.

E-mail: [email protected]

Lisa Byerley Gary

Lisa Byerley Gary is a native East Tennessean who teaches journalism at the University of Tennessee.

Laura Clawson

Laura Clawson

Laura Clawson has been a Daily Kos contributing editor since December 2006. She is co-founder of Blue Hampshire and Senior Writer at Working America. See her Daily Kos diaries.

Lamont Cranston

Lamont Cranston

Lamont Cranston is a regular reader and contributer to LikeTheDew.com. He is best know for being mysterious.

Leon Galis

I'm an Athens, GA, native and have been living in Athens since 1999 after retiring from the faculty of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Since 2008 I've written approximately 80 columns for the Athens Banner Herald and a handful for Flagpole Magazine in Athens.  

Leonce Gaiter

Leonce Gaiter

stacks_image_14Leonce Gaiter is a prolific African American writer and proud Harvard Alum. His writing has appeared in the NYTimes, NYT Magazine, LA Times, Washington Times, and Washington Post, and he has written two novels. His newly released novel, In the Company of Educated Men, is a literary thriller with socio-economic, class, and racial themes.

Book Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple.

Lucy Guest

Lucy Guest

NaNoLanta – the Atlanta home of National Novel Writing Month. Don’t know what National Novel Writing Month is? Well, we recommend you visit their main site and explore, but we’ll give you a brief rundown. Every year writers all over the world attempt to write an entire first draft of a novel during November. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Crazy? Yes. Crazy Fun? Absolutely.

NaNoLanta is home to several thousand awesome participants and is run by four Municipal Liasions – MattKinsi, Tiakall, Hype and Sushi. We also have a habit of getting competitive with other regions.  In the past we’ve challenged Denver, beating them in total word count and in total donations;  in 2010 we’ve challenged Dallas-Ft. Worth to a battle over total word count and total donations; we also challenged perennial winner Seattle for a war over highest average word count.

Don’t be shy! We invite all Atlantans to join us in our November writing adventures. From October to December we host all kinds of events, so make sure to check out our calendar and stop by. And don’t forget – when you join the main NaNo site, set us as your home region! The more the merrier!

Laurence Lewis

Laurence Lewis (aka: Turkana) is a native Oregonian, and recently returned after 25 years in California. A lifelong political activist, he first stuffed envelopes while in grade school, walked precincts for local candidates while in junior high, and his first paying job, in high school, was on a Congressional campaign. He was first paid for his writing when Rolling Stone gave him fifteen dollars for a five word poem. It remains the best rate he's ever received. He writes poetry, music, all manner of drama and fiction, and also spends a lot of time with cameras.

Laurence Lewis blogs at The Left Coaster and Daily Kos.  See his diaries at Daily Kos.

Louis Mayeux

Louis Mayeux

I am the publisher of Southern Bookman, a blog that covers literature and writing, and Chasing the Blues, which looks at sports, culture, music, politics, film and theater. My Southern Bookman interviews with well-known writers draw praise from the literary community, and my Chasing the Blues posts are also lauded by professonal journalists and academics, as well as general readers. I also frequently freelance, most recently for the Buckhead Reporter community newspaper. I have also done work for Atlanta Intown, Know Atlanta, the Daily Report and Whitman Publishing. During a 26-year career at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I found success in a variety of fields, including local news, sports, business, features and editorial.

Louie Crew Clay

Louie Crew Clay,  81, is an Anniston, Alabama native and Professor Emeritus at Rutgers. He lives in East Orange, NJ, with Ernest Clay, his husband for 44 years. He holds an M.A. from Auburn University, a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), and honorary doctorates from three seminaries of the Episcopal Church. He is the founder of Integrity, an international organization of lgbt Episcopalians/Anglicans. Editors have published 2,750+ of Louie Crew Clay's poems and essays — including Letters from Samaria: The Prose & Poetry of Louie Crew Clay, NYC: Church Publishing, Inc., November 2015 and  Our Station Forgot to Give the Evening News,  Poetry Superhighway. An eBook in the press' annual 'The Great Poetry E-Book Free-For-All,' online from December 1, 2016. You can follow his work at Rutgers.edu. See also Wikipedia.org. The University of Michigan collects Clay’s papers.

Lee Robin

Lee Robin

I'm originally from South Louisiana, moved to Georgia 23 years ago and now live in Lumpkin County with my wife Lisa and our son William. Graduated in December 2010 from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA with a degree in Mass Communications and I am now an unemployed college graduate. I like fishing, hunting, cooking, Classic Rock, LSU, New Orleans Saints and watching motorsports. I live life to the fullest with God as my Pilot!

Lawrence S. Wittner

Lawrence S. Wittner

Dr. Lawrence Wittner, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany and the author of Confronting the Bomb (Stanford University Press).

Maggie Lee

Maggie Lee specializes in quality of life topics, Atlanta's international communities and general reporting. She covers Georgia economic development and the Chinese community as a stringer for China Daily and chronicles life in Georgia's most diverse county for the DeKalb Champion.

Mandy Richburg Rivers

Mandy Richburg Rivers

Mandy lives in Lexington, South Carolina, is a contributing writer for the Food & Drink section and is currently working on her first cookbook. Mandy is an award winning recipe writer and judges regional cook-offs and other culinary contests.

“I'm just a gal that likes food. Of course I like to eat, but what I've discovered about myself over the years is that there are more ways for me to enjoy food than just eating it. I like to shop for it, read about it, cook it, entertain with it and write about it. And when it's really good, sometimes I'm tempted to throw it on the floor and roll in it."

Margi Ness

Margi Ness

Margi Ness is an Ambassador for the Community Transportation Association of America's National Resource Center. Because of her life-long career in public transportation, Margi was particularly interested in India's transportation network. Margi is a former resident of Atlanta who currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Marian Wang, ProPublica

Marian Wang, ProPublica

Marian Wang came to ProPublica after a stint at Mother Jones. Since graduating with honors from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 2007, she worked in Chicago as a freelance investigative reporter and blogger for The Chicago Reporter, Chi-Town Daily News and ChicagoNow. She now lives in New York. She likes it a lot.

Mark Dohle

Mark Dohle

I am 62 years old and have lived in the Atlanta area since 1971.  I am Catholic and my faith is important to me, yet as I age the mystery continues to deepen, so I read broadly and try to keep things somewhat open ended. I work with the aged and the dying. I was in the Navy for four years and I guess I am life of center when it comes to politics, but not too far left. Actually, I am kind of a political moron.

I am the third of  11 children; ten still alive, one died in in 1958, three days after birth.

Mary Civille

Mary Civille was born in Los Angeles; rumor has it that a very young Robert Mitchum helped her mom get checked in at the hospital because her dad had to park the car! When he was called back to Active Service in 1951, she became an Army Brat. Moving is still in her blood, every move an adventure, but she just can’t seem to leave Atlanta. Four seasons will do that. According to a quiz, she’s more Georgian than most “natives.” She’s not; just lived here a long time and knows all the right answers. Says “Y’all” correctly – always plural, NEVER singular – learned that in Kansas. Now retired, she worked as a librarian/archivist at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 29 years and counts some of the most professional journalists in the world as friends (or at least acquaintances).

Mary Lee

Mary Lee was previously a writer and editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Macon Telegraph and News. She is currently self-unemployed.

Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright, originally from Connecticut, is a blogger and budding freelance writer. He is heavily interested in politics and public policy. His aim is to encourage real debate between real people. Real change begins on the grassroots level, not in the media. He attended the University of Hartford in West Hartford,Connecticut, and now makes his home in Atlanta, Georgia. He also makes a mean lasagna.

Michael Bailey

Michael Bailey

Michael Bailey is Associate Professor of Government in the Department of Government and International Studies at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where he teaches courses on American politics.

Michael Beckel

Michael Beckel

Michael Beckel joined the Center for Responsive Politics in February 2009 and has served as the money-in-politics reporter since December 2009. In that role, Michael writes extensively for the Center's OpenSecrets Blog about the influence of money in politics. His exploits have taken him inside the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including the oral arguments of the landmark campaign finance case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Previously, he completed a yearlong editorial fellowship with Mother Jones magazine, wrote for two alternative newsweeklies in Colorado and performed legislative research at Project Vote Smart. He is a 2005 graduate of Colorado College.

Myra Blackmon

Myra Blackmon

Myra Blackmon lives an eclectic life in Athens, where she retired from her own public relations firm. With a master of education degree she finished at 57 she is preparing to teach an online course at Tblisi State University. She writes a weekly column for the Athens Banner-Herald and coaches a fourth grade newspaper staff at her neighborhood elementary school. Mostly, though, she writes, cooks, grandmothers and dabbles in politics while she seeks the next big adventure.

Matt Blakely

Matt Blakely

Matt Blakely is a student at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. His majors, and two biggest interests in life, are Political Science and Economics. After his undergraduate studies he hopes to, in some form or another, enter the political arena himself.

Murray Browne

Murray Browne

Murray Browne lives in metro Atlanta and is author of two books, Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire (2016) and The Book Shopper: A Life in Review (2009) Both are available on Amazon. He maintains a blog at thebookshopper.org. A link to the Down & Outbound book trailer video is http://bit.ly/2hgCOtO.

Maurice Carter

Maurice Carter

Maurice Carter is President and Founder of Breathe-Water, LLC, where he uses community building, storytelling, consulting, and social media to enable businesses, non-profits, and communities to understand and harness forces for positive change. An Atlanta native living in Covington, GA, Maurice is an active community volunteer, a freelance columnist, and an advocate for causes that build community and promote thoughtful responses to the opportunities and challenges of our day.

Michael Castengera

Michael Castengera

Michael Castengera is a newspaper reporter, turned television reporter, turned news manager, turned news consultant, turned university teacher.

He started out as a newspaper reporter, first while living in Australia, and then for newspapers in Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida.  He made the cross over into television reporting in Jacksonville, going to work for Post-Newsweek’s WJXT.

Since then he has worked in virtually every position in the newsroom, including reporter, assignment editor, producer, managing editor, assistant news director, news director and, finally, station manager.  His career has covered markets large (Miami and St. Louis), medium (Jacksonville, Fort Myers, Oklahoma City and Lexington, Kentucky) and small (Beaumont and Corpus Christi, Texas).

He cites as career highlights, investigative reports into police abuse, tornado coverage in Oklahoma and riots in Miami, being at the birth of the first 24-hour news station (KMOV) and heading up what was, at the time, the highest rated news affiliate in the country (WINK).

It was while he was station manager and news director in Fort Myers that he made the cross over into consulting, working with Audience, Research and Development of Dallas as a senior strategist with a variety of stations around the country.

He now is a senior lecturer in Digital and Broadcast Journalism at the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia.  In addition to that, he runs his own consulting company, Media Strategies and Tactics.  Clients include media groups in America as well as in India.

Bootsie Lucas

Bootsie Lucas is the pseudonym for an Atlanta writer who is a former editor and reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Macon Telegraph.

Marie Diamond

Marie Diamond

Marie Diamond is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress.org. She hails from the great metropolis of Temple, TX. She holds a B.A. in political science from Yale and was a Yale Journalism Scholar. Before joining ThinkProgress, she worked at West Wing Writers, a speechwriting and communications firm. She has also interned for The American Prospect and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and has done development work in South Africa and Kazakhstan.

Meg Livergood Gerrish

Meg Livergood Gerrish

Partnered with her husband, Meg Gerrish has combined their love of a specific social beverage and her compulsion to give opinions whether anyone asks or not into the website Unoaked Chardonnay. Their review approach is unorthodox, compared to most, but their passion for finding and trying all the unoaked Chardonnays available is unwavering. It’s a mission: “Our hobby, our job, someone has to do it.” Meg worked many years for an ad agency that became wildly famous as soon as she retired. She is currently working on a novel, as are most people.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is a professional mentalist and mind reader who presents his unique and unforgettable program to conventions, college and universities, sales meetings, private parties, business and civic clubs and more. He has also appeared at the Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta and produces, along with Jerry Farber and Joe M. Turner, Atlanta Magic Night at the Red Light Cafe in Midtown. He is a member of the Psychic Entertainers Association, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Georgia Magic Club,Buckhead Rotary Club and Friends of Jim The Wonder Dog. You can learn more at www.MarkJohnsonSpeaks.com. He is the author of three books: "Living The Dream," the story of the first ten years of FedEx; "Superman, Hairspray, and the Greatest Goat On Earth," a collection of mostly true stories;, and "Yes Ma'am, You're Right: The Essential Rules For Living With A Woman."  Mark's day job is as a freelance writer and communications and marketing consultant. Mark has traveled around the world twice but has never been to Burlington, Vermont. He does not eat beets or chicken livers, and he has never read "Gone With The Wind." He is the only person he knows who was once a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Ventriloquists. He is a fifth generation Atlantan,  the father of three, and the grandfather of five. All offspring are demonstrably perfect. He lives in Smyrna with his wife Rebecca (aka The Goddess) and two dogs: Ferguson, an arrogant Scottish terrier; and, Lola, a Siberian husky who is still trying to figure out what the hell she's doing in Cobb County.

Mary Elizabeth King

Mary Elizabeth King

Mary Elizabeth King is professor of peace and conflict studies at the UN-affiliated University for Peace and a Rothermere American Institute Fellow at the University of Oxford, in Britain. She is the author of The New York Times on Emerging Democracies in Eastern Europe, A Quiet Revolution, Freedom Song, and Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. During the U.S. civil rights movement, she worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. (no relation), in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Her website is at maryking.info.

Melanie Rochat

Melanie Rochat

Melanie Rochat is an artist and illustrator from Atlanta, Georgia who takes her inspiration from her surroundings and interprets what she sees into pen and ink renderings. Her illustrations include works in texts, manuals, children's books and commercial applications and her fine art pieces hang in private collections in the United States and Europe.

Michael Ettlinger

Michael Ettlinger

Michael Ettlinger is the Vice President for Economic Policy at American Progress. Prior to joining the Center he spent six years at the Economic Policy Institute directing the Economic Analysis and Research Network. Previously he was tax policy director for Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy for 11 years. He has also served on the staff of the New York State Assembly. At the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Ettlinger was the principal developer of the ITEP Microsimulation Tax Model. This model uniquely permits detailed revenue and distributional analysis of federal and state personal income tax, consumption, and property taxes.

Mike Handley

Mike Handley

Mike Handley of Montgomery, Ala., is a career journalist, artist and member of the zipper club who mourns sausage made from non-flying things. He dreams of foot-long cigarettes served over a bed of French fries with just the right amount of ketchup. He blogs sporadically at http://handlets.blogspot.com, and his paintings can be seen at http://www.mikehandleyart.com.

Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty is a food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian , and historical interpreter personally charged with preparing, preserving and promoting African American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and her Diaspora and its legacy in the food culture of the American South. Michael is a Judaic studies teacher from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area and his interests include food culture, food history, Jewish cultural issues, African American history and cultural politics. His blog, Afroculinaria, highlights and addresses food’s critical role in the development and definition of African American civilization and the politics of consumption and cultural ownership that surround it.

Michael Lux

Michael Lux

Mike Lux is the co-founder and CEO of Progressive Strategies, a partner at Democracy Partners and author of The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be. Since starting the company, Mike has launched a number of important projects, including American Family Voices, an issue advocacy group working on pocketbook issues for American families; and the Progressive Donor Network, which works to coordinate a network of individual donors, issue advocacy groups, and top flight political consultants and strategists.

Mike's recent projects have garnered a considerable amount of media coverage in The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, National Journal, The New Republic and Miami Herald, and have provoked numerous attacks by Rush Limbaugh and other right wing media figures, as well as an "expose" by William Buckley's National Review Magazine.

Jaz Brisack

Jaz Brisack is a student at the University of Mississippi and president of their College Democrats chapter. She worked as an organizer on the UAW's Nissan campaign at the Canton plant and can usually be found protesting some societal injustice.

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson is a writer, educator, facilitator, and social justice activist in Washington, D.C. He currently volunteers for the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, a small nonprofit that provides mediation, facilitation, and community conferencing, and Transformative D.C., a grassroots initiative that works to address interpersonal violence and harassment within the activist community.

Mike ”Hunter” Lazzaro

Mike ”Hunter” Lazzaro

As a Daily Kos contributing editor, Michael Lazzaro —a.k.a. ”Hunter”—has gained a reputation for passionate, explorative, and offbeat progressive writing. His wide-ranging essays and editorials are alternately probing and combative, provide stirring defenses of progressive and liberal ideals, and frequently explore the underlying dynamics of the progressive and liberal online communities themselves. An Internet consultant who currently makes his home in rural Northern California with his wife, child, and a varying assortment of animals, Michael helped design and build some of the very first e-commerce sites on the emerging World Wide Web.

Michael Linden

Michael Linden

Michael Linden is the Director for Tax and Budget Policy at American Progress. Michael’s work focuses on the federal budget and the medium- and long-term deficits. He has co-authored numerous reports on the causes of and solutions to our fiscal challenges, including “Path to Balance,” which first proposed primary balance as an intermediate goal, and “A First Step,” which included a detailed plan for achieving that goal. Michael also coined the phrase “deficit peacock.” He is a frequent guest on CNBC, and his work has been cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio, among others. Prior to joining CAP, he worked at First Focus, a national children's advocacy organization, serving as director and then senior director of tax and budget policy. While at First Focus, Michael authored both the inaugural and the second book in the Children's Budget series. Michael also wrote several reports on recession-induced child poverty, the last of which spurred the state legislature of Connecticut to establish a special task force on children in the recession. Michael earned his master's degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley. While in the Bay Area, he consulted for a variety of clients including the Oakland Police Department, the Contra Costa Unified School District, and for then-mayor of Oakland Jerry Brown's successful campaign for state attorney general. Michael was born and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before attending college at Brown University. In addition to his hometown, Michael has lived in Munich, Providence, Chicago, Oakland, and now resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife and daughter.

Mike Lofgren

Mike Lofgren

Mike Lofgren retired on June 17 after 28 years as a Congressional staffer. He served 16 years as a professional staff member on the Republican side of both the House and Senate Budget Committees.

Mike Ludwig

Mike Ludwig

Mike Ludwig is a Truthout reporter.

Matt Musick

Matt Musick

Matt grew up in Alabama and is in New York now with Vice.

Meghan Miller

Meghan Miller is an intern with the Center for American Progress.

Moni Basu

Moni Basu

I'm a middle-aged reporter guided by curiosity about the world. I like to write stories that make readers think about people who are unlike themselves. Read my stories at www.CNN.com or www.ajc.com.

Monica Smith

Monica Smith writes Hannah's Blog. Born in Germany, she came to the United States as a child, living first in California, then after an interval in Chile, in New York. Married to a retired professor at the University of Florida, where she lived for 17 years, she moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 1993 and now divides her time between Georgia and New Hampshire. (New Hampshire, she says, is always interesting during a presidential election.) She and her husband have three children and five grandchildren. Ms. Smith says she "learned long ago that I am not a good team player when I got hired at the Library of Congress, fresh out of college with a degree in political science and proficiency in four foreign languages, to 'edit' library cards and informed my supervisor that if she was going to insist I punch the clock exactly on time, my productivity was going to fall from being the highest to being the same as everyone else's. The supervisor opted to assign me to another building where there was no time-clock. After I had the first of our three children, I decided a paycheck wasn't worth the hassle."

Bill Moyers &amp; Michael Winship

Bill Moyers & Michael Winship

A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times, one that resonates with multiple generations. In 2012, at the age of 77, Moyers begins his latest media venture with the launch of "Moyers & Company." With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as "NOW with Bill Moyers" (2002-2005) and "Bill Moyers Journal" (2007-2010).For his work, Moyers has received more than 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards. Moyers' most recent book, "Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues," was published in May 2011. He currently serves as president of the Schumann Media Center, a nonprofit organization that supports independent journalism.
Michael Winship is senior writer of the new weekly public affairs program, "Moyers & Company," airing on public television.
Check local air times or comment at www.BillMoyers.com.

Rafael Alvarez

Rafael Alvarez

A lifelong Baltimorean, born on Bob Dylan's 17th birthday, Rafael Alvarez has spent the last 35 years writing about his hometown -- and when he can get away with it -- nothing else. The author of the epic "Orlo and Leini" stories, he is about to finish a history of The Tuerk House, a pioneering drug and alcohol rehab in Baltimore that was one of the first facilities for the poor when alcoholism was decriminalized in 1968.

Alvarez wrote for each of the first three seasons of the HBO drama, " The Wire," and was especially involved in season two, which focuses on the Baltimore waterfront. His book about the show -- the encyclopedic "The Wire: Truth Be Told" -- was published by Grove/Atlantic and was nominated for a 2011 Edgar Award. 

His influences include the great Johnny Winter, Isaac Bashevis Singer and the art of Henry Ossawa Tanner.

Wayne Johnson

Age 64 (64 in August 2009) Retired City/County Manager: Spalding County, GA; City of Stone Mountain, GA; Tift County, GA; Polk County, GA. Experience in broadcast journalism and computer programming. Native Mt. Vernon, GA, graduate Montgomery County High School. Graduate Mercer University, BS in Business Administration. Not Democrat, not Republican. American. First cousin of Piney Woods Pete.

Matt Renner

Matt Renner

Matt Renner is Director of Development and Communications at Truthout.org.  A political science graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he has been involved in some organizing aspects of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

Melinda Ennis

Melinda Ennis

A veteran of the marketing and advertising business, Melinda Ennis-Roughton is the principal and owner of an Atlanta-based marketing firm called Melworks Inc. 

She previously served as executive director and chief marketing officer for the Atlanta branding initiative, chief global marketing officer for Church's Chicken, managing partner with Ender Partners Advertising in Atlanta, as well as a senior vice president at Tausche Martin Lonsdorf and Fitzergerald+CO. advertising agencies in Atlanta. 

From 1983-93, Ennis-Roughton held senior marketing roles for Arby's Restaurants, where she became the first female vice president and senior vice president of marketing. 

She is a 25-year resident of Atlanta and is married to Bert Roughton, a managing editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Mark Sumner

Mark Sumner

Mark Sumner is the author of 33 books including both fiction and nonfiction. His most recent publication was "The Evolution of Everything: How Selection Shapes Culture, Commerce, and Nature." He's a past winner of Writers of the Future, and has been nominated for both the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. In addition to the books, he's written many short stories and articles. One series of his books was the inspiration for the television series "The Chronicle." In his five decades, he's been a writer, coal miner, programmer, geologist, project manager, and perpetual student. He lives with his wife in a log cabin at the end of a long gravel road and practices hard at becoming a grouchy old hermit. He's worked on campaigns for thirty years, and has never risen higher than knocker on doors and maker of annoying phone calls.

Mike Cox

Mike Cox

Mike Cox currently writes a weekly column in South Carolina for the Columbia Star called "It's Not a Criticism, It's an Observation." He is trying to grow old as gracefully as possible without condemning the current generation in charge to doom. Each day this task gets harder as the overwhelming evidence mounts. He currently has two published books; Finding Daddy Cox, and October Saturdays. His columns have won three South Carolina Press Association awards since 2003. Mike has three sons and two grandchildren and lives in Irmo, Sc, just outside of Columbia.

Martha W. Fagan

Martha W. Fagan

The senior director of the alumni association of Emory University in Atlanta, Martha W. Fagan has more than 30 years experience in alumni relations, development and career advisement.

Mike Williams

Mike Williams

With roots in Mississippi and Alabama, Mike Williams worked for newspapers across the South for 27 years. After earning a degree in American Studies at Amherst College, he worked for Alabama newspapers in Baldwin County, Montgomery and Birmingham, followed by stints at the Miami Herald and The Atlanta Constitution. His last job was as a foreign correspondent for the Cox Newspaper chain. He now splits his time between Florida and the North Carolina mountains. His interests include race relations, history, Southern folk culture and the environment.

Lisa Kerr

Lisa Kerr

Lisa Kerr is the creator of My Cult Life, a blog about religion, feminism & humor. Her blog brings awareness to harmful ideologies, particularly in the Evangelical Christian circle. Writing from seven years experience as a reverend in an Evangelical church and a personal assistant to mega-church pastors, she has an insiders view on what it's like inside the hierarchies of mega-churches. Lisa has been interviewed by Frank Stasio on the North Carolina Public Radio show “The State of Things”, Philly.com and will be the feature of a forthcoming story in a national women’s magazine this Spring, 2012.

Nancy Puckett

Nancy Puckett

Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Friend, Avid Reader, Lover of Movies, Atlanta transplant by way of the West coast and Mississippi.

Nancy Melton

Nancy Melton

Nancy Melton has recently added "writer" to her biography. She works in the health insurance industry which has somehow become public enemy number one these days. She is proudest of her role as a wife, mother and grandmother (although writer comes dang close) and wishes she could still claim to be someone's daughter.

Nancy Rogers

Nancy Rogers

Nancy Rogers, a graduate of UGA and GIT, is volunteer communications chair for Earth Hour Atlanta 2010 and founder of Green Earth PR Network.

Dr. Nick De Bonis

Dr. Nick De Bonis

Nick De Bonis has been a college instructor or professor one score and six, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in marketing, advertising, management, broadcasting and communications. A marketing lecturer at Georgia Southern, he's also taught at Savannah (GA) State, Macon State, the Goizueta Business School at Emory, California State-Fullerton, Texas A&M, LSU and Pepperdine. His professional career includes both newspapers and radio, as a reporter, editor, DJ and salesman. He's also the co-author of three professional trade books for McGraw-Hill. An Air Force Vietnam vet who served on active duty in both the Air Force and the Army, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Masters from Troy (State) University and undergraduate degree from Flagler College in St. Augustine. He's lived from coast to coast and, although he's been in the South for more than 20 years, his Southern-born wife says he'll never be "one of us."

Nikki Gardner

Nikki Gardner

Nikki Gardner writes about art, food, and story on her blog artandlemons.com (http://www.artandlemons.com/). As a freelance writer, she has written for American Book Review, Edible Pioneer Valley, VenusZine.com (http://venuszine.com/), Verse Magazine, Shelburne Falls Independent, and The Daring Kitchen among others.

Neill Herring

Neill Herring

Neill Herring was born in Dalton, GA, in 1947. Attended public schools there, and got a BA from Georgia State in History in 1969. Failed draft physical because of poor eyesight. Worked in anti-Vietnam war movement, wrote for Great Speckled Bird, Atlanta underground weekly, worked as carpenter for many years while also working to oppose Southern Company overexpansion of electric plant investment at ratepayers' expense. Followed Southern Company to the Georgia General Assembly and became an environmental lobbyist there in 1980. Lives in Jesup, has two daughters, 24 and 19, spends the winters in Atlanta to take advantage of the cold, wet weather, and the steam heat of the State Capitol.

Noel Holston

Noel Holston

Noel Holston, originally from Laurel, Miss., is a freelance journalist, songwriter, storyteller and actor who lives in Athens, Ga., with his wife, singer-songwriter Marty Winkler. In a previous life, he was the TV critic at Newsday in New York and, before that, a critic and feature writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Orlando Sentinel.

Niles Reddick

Niles Reddick

Niles Reddick’s newest novel Drifting too far from the Shore has been nominated for a Pulitzer. Previously, his collection Road Kill Art and Other OdditiNiles Reddick’s newest novel Drifting too far from the Shore has been nominated for a Pulitzer. Previously, his collection Road Kill Art and Other Oddities was a finalist for an Eppie award and his first novella Lead Me Home was a national finalist for a ForeWord award. His work has appeared in anthologies Southern Voices in Every Direction, Unusual Circumstances, Getting Old, and Happy Holidays and has been featured in many journals including The Arkansas Review: a Journal of Delta Studies, Southern Reader, Like the Dew, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Pomanok Review, Corner Club Press, Slice of Life, Faircloth Review, and many others. Niles works for the University of Memphis. His website is www.nilesreddick.comes was a finalist for an Eppie award and his first novella Lead Me Home was a national finalist for a ForeWord award. His work has appeared in anthologies Southern Voices in Every Direction, Unusual Circumstances, Getting Old, and Happy Holidays and has been featured in many journals including The Arkansas Review: a Journal of Delta Studies, Southern Reader, Like the Dew, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Pomanok Review, Corner Club Press, Slice of Life, Faircloth Review, and many others. Niles works for the University of Memphis. His website is www.nilesreddick.com

Nancy Robinson

Nancy Robinson and Katie Hogin, who contributed the photos for this story, are seniors in journalism at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. A different version of the story appeared in Scoop, the student-produced magazine of the UTK School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street

OccupyWallSt.org is the unofficial de facto online resource for the growing occupation movement happening on Wall Street and around the world. We're an affinity group committed to doing technical support work for resistance movements. We're not a subcommittee of the NYCGA nor affiliated with Adbusters, anonymous or any other organization. Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future. The occupations around the world are being organized using a non-binding consensus based collective decision making tool known as a "people's assembly". To learn more about how to use this process to organize your local community to fight back against social injustice, please read this quick guide on group dynamics in people's assemblies. What do we stand for? Here are some documents published in New York that have been well received by the movement:

Solidarity Forever!

Tricia Collins

Tricia Collins

Reformed art critic, curator, and dealer who spent nearly 22 years in New York City as a sort of geographic transvestite. Presently residing in the South (where I belong) although the Chinese take-out was a lot better in New York.

Patrick Andendall

Patrick Andendall

Patrick Andendall is a mathematician who loves statistics. Recently he focused his formidable quantitative abilities like a microscope in a quest to seek and find and describe whatever sanity he could find in the crazy world of politics. The result is a serious yet hilarious new book titled Stupidparty Math v. Myth: Unmasking the Destructive Forces Eroding American Democracy. His most recent work is focused on gun ownership and violence. Patrick Andendall has always had an interest in politics and, being multicultural, he views issues from a more international perspective. In 2004, five days before the election, he flew to Cleveland and pitched in to help with the political process. What he discovered was the dissolution of the American Dream, which he writes about in his book, Stupidparty.Educated at English boarding schools from the age of seven, Andendall went on to graduate from Lancing College. He started by sometimes working three jobs at once, trainee Underwriter/claim broker at Lloyd's of London, his own one man cleaning Company (cleaning the very offices of a Reinsurance Company he would transact business at) plus doing seasonal work on various farms. Having made some windfall profits by borrowing money in order to be a "Stag" to take advantage of opportunities created by Margaret Thatcher's de nationalization policies of the mid 1980's, Andendall evolved into an entrepreneur with a core specialty in Reinsurance in London and New York where he looks for patterns in numbers. Self-employed in a field not normally conducive to self-employment, he is able remain in control, juggle different jobs, travel and pursue his various interests. Ending up in New York via romance in the African bush, Andendall now lives on Long Island with his wife, two children and two dogs.

Phyllis Alesia Perry

Phyllis Alesia Perry is a writer and editor. Born in Atlanta and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, she earned a degree in journalism from the University of Alabama and spent 16 years working as an editor and reporter for Southern newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is the author of two novels, “Stigmata” and “A Sunday in June.” Currently, she serves as Communications Coordinator for Men Stopping Violence, a nonprofit social justice organization that educates and inspires men to work to end violence against women.

Patti Ghezzi

Patti Ghezzi

Former AJC staff writer, frazzled mom, compulsive drinker of Diet Coke, wife of Yankee fan, native of Mississippi, resident of Avondale Estates. Proud of all of the above, except the D.C. Gotta kick that someday.

Paul Thim

Paul Thim

Paul Thim was raised in Decatur, Georgia by parents who had tried on Missouri and Massachusetts before returning to roots they'd put down in the south. After graduating high school he spent a year in Germany and returned to attend Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. An interest in psychology led him into work with high-risk youth and families, a position which saw him move to Boston. Leaving Boston in 2012, Paul moved to Memphis and then Atlanta by way of a girl. He is currently pursuing the dream of writing, by the act itself as well as applying to return to school.

Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit is a college teacher, an active member of US Uncut Chicago, founder and developer of social justice and educational websites (UsAgainstGreed.org, PayUpNow.org, RappingHistory.org), and the editor and main author of "American Wars: Illusions and Realities" (Clarity Press). He can be reached at [email protected].

Peter Crawford

A graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Peter Crawford is a staff writer for Economy In Crisis.

Pat Garofalo

Pat Garofalo

Pat Garofalo is Economic Policy Editor for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Pat’s work has also appeared in The Nation, U.S. News & World Report, The Guardian, the Washington Examiner, and In These Times. He has been a guest on MSNBC and Al-Jazeera television, as well as many radio shows. Pat graduated from Brandeis University, where he was the editor-in-chief of The Brandeis Hoot, Brandeis’ community newspaper, and worked for the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life.

Philip Graitcer

Philip Graitcer

I'm a full-time independent public radio producer based in Atlanta. I didn't start out this way, but I'm having a ball. My stories appear regularly on WABE in Atlanta and on the state public radio network, Georgia Public Broadcasting, as well as on NPR's Weekend Edition, Marketplace, Studio360, and The World and Tablet.

Patsy Dickey

Patsy Dickey

Patsy Dickey is author of the novel "BellCat & PigBoy." She was born in Dade County Florida, and was reared in the mid-western traditions of Anderson, Indiana. Always given to Gothic dreams, she traveled back to her Southern roots on the engine of marriage to a native Atlantan; there she fell in love with Southern reality. From that rhapsody, and experiencing the South as an adult after World War II, she found Washington Street, the ancestral place of BellCat & PigBoy.

Philecta Clarke Staton

Philecta Clarke Staton

I grew up in Morganton, NC and graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. I went to Africa with my husband (now divorced) when our children were six and three. We spent 20 years there and experienced the Communist takeover of Ethiopia, the restrictive socialism of Tanzania, and the ending of Apartheid in South Africa. Upon returning to the states I spent 11 years with Genworth Financial in Lynchburg, VA. (Technically my experience with the company began with First Colony Life Insurance Company which was bought by GE and became GE Financial Assurance which evolved into Genworth Financial.) I retired to Harrisonburg, VA to be near my children. Currently, I volunteer with Skyline Literacy and teach civics classes for immigrants getting ready for the government citizenship exam process. I am enjoying a number of creative endeavors such as being in the New Horizons Band, arranging unique piano medleys, and writing. I just finished a three-act dark comedy about two elderly sisters who, for totally different reasons, face being destitute and develop zany plans to avoid the inevitable homelessness.

Phil Gast

Phil Gast

Phil Gast is a writer-editor living in the Atlanta area.

Phyllis Gilbert

Phyllis remains engaged in her second career, marketing research (the first was archaeology), and hopes that writing will be her third. A daughter of deep South Georgia, she came of age during the 1970s in a small town right out of the '50s, reared by parents with 1930s sensibilities. She likes living in Decatur because it's kind of like hometown without the kinfolks, so there's not too much meddling--just the right amount.

Polly

Polly

Consciously and fundamentally committed to the betterment of all. I deeply enjoy helping others. With a background in political theory and community organizing, I research and create self-sustainable, ethical spaces - realistic utopias. Learn more here.

Paul Krupin

Paul Krupin

Publicist, Copywriter and Marketing Consultant, Inventor - Richland/Kennewick/Pasco, Washington Area

Pat LaMarche

Pat LaMarche

Pat LaMarche is the Vice President of Community Affairs at Safe Harbour, Inc. In 2004, she was the U.S. Vice Presidential nominee for the Green Party. During the campaign, she traveled the nation living in homeless shelters and on the streets; the book she wrote about those experiences is Left Out in America: The State of Homelessness in the United States (Upala Press, 2006). LaMarche writes a regular political column for The Bangor Daily News and contributes to the Huffington Post; hosts The Pulse Morning Show that broadcasts from Maine; and is a Contributing Author for New Clear Vision.

Pat may be reached at [email protected]

Phil Noble

Phil Noble

Phil Noble is a businessman from Charleston and he currently serves as President of the South Carolina New Democrats, an independent reform group started by former Gov. Richard Riley. Noble is one of the leading experts in the US and internationally on the Internet and politics. Noble is the founder of PoliticsOnline and its affiliated company Phil Noble & Associates, an international public affairs consulting firm. Noble is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns and public affairs projects in 40 states and 30 countries. He has worked to elect the head of state in 15 countries.

Paul Rutledge

Paul Rutledge

Dr. Paul Rutledge is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Planning at the University of West Georgia. Rutledge teaches and conducts research on American national government, including the presidency, state and local politics, interest groups, the media and politics, and agenda setting and public policy. His research has appeared in Political Research Quarterly and he also has authored multiple contributions to the Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior. Professor Rutledge has also written commentaries on the 2010 State of the Union Address and the 2010 health care bill, which were picked up by CNN Newswire, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post and the Times-Georgian. His current research continues to focus on the ability of the president to influence public policy through the content of his agenda, the political calculations that impact the size and scope of the president’s agenda, presidential coattails, and comparing agenda-setting processes in presidential systems (primarily in Latin America).

Pamela Sumners

Pamela Sumners

Pamela Sumners is Executive Director at NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri.  She is an attorney who has served as the Director of Gay and Lesbian Rights/AIDS and Civil Liberties Projects for the ACLU of Illinois. Prior to that, she had a private law practice in Birmingham, Alabama where she focused on constitutional and employment litigation. Among her many high-profile cases were a challenge to state court judge Roy Moore's posting of the Ten Commandments behind the judicial bench, a suit challenging Alabama's fourth statute allowing school-sponsored prayer in classrooms, and a suit to protect the religious liberty of the only four Jewish students in a rural school system. Sumners' constitutional law practice has included several Supreme Court cases. Sumners graduated from Stephens College and earned an M.A. in political science from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Lee Leslie

Lee Leslie

I’m just a plateaued-out plain person with too much time on his hands fighting the never ending lingual battle with windmills for truth, justice and the American way or something like that. Here are some reader comments on my writing: “Enough with the cynicism. One doesn’t have to be Pollyanna to reject the sky is falling fatalism of Lee Leslie’s posts.” “You moron.” “Again, another example of your simple-minded, scare-mongering, label-baiting method of argumentation that supports the angry left’s position.” “Ah, Lee, you traffic in the most predictable, hackneyed leftist rhetoric that brought us to the current state of political leadership.” “You negative SOB! You destroyed all my hope, aspiration, desperation, even.” “Don’t you LIBERALS realize what this COMMIE is talking about is SOCIALISM?!?!?!” “Thank you for wonderful nasty artful toxic antidote to this stupidity in the name of individual rights.” “I trust you meant “bastard” in the truest father-less sense of the word.” “That’s the first time I ran out of breath just from reading!” “You helped me hold my head a little higher today.” “Makes me cry every time I read it.” “Thanks for the article. I needed something to make me laugh this mourning.” “If it weren’t so sad I would laugh.” "... the man who for fun and personal growth (not to mention rage assuagion) can skin a whale of bullshit and rack all the meat (and rot) in the larder replete with charts and graphs and a kindness..."“Amen, brother.”

Pete &amp; Jack

Pete & Jack

Pete Van Wieren retired in 2008 after a 43-year career as a sportscaster. "The Professor" is best known for his 33-year stint as a play-by-play voice of the Atlanta Braves. An 11-time winner of the Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Award, he was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in 2004. Pete and his wife, Elaine, reside in Alpharetta, Georgia. Jack Wilkinson has written about sports professionally for 37 years. A three-time Georgia Sportswriter of the Year, he has written six books.

Piney Woods Pete

Piney Woods Pete

Hard-charging salesman by day, Piney Woods Pete stays up late into the foggy night to render words.

Rose Aguilar

Rose Aguilar

Rose Aguilar is a journalist and radio host from San Francisco, California. Aguilar hosts Your Call, a daily public affairs radio show on NPR-affiliate KALW 91.7. Your Call airs from 10-11am PST and features in-depth conversations about everything from the Iraq war and poverty to the environment and the arts. Aguilar recently published Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey into the Heartland, coverting a six-month road trip she took to the so-called "red states" to interview people about issues and voting tendencies. Aguilar is a contributor to the book Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland. She also writes a bi-monthly column for Truthout and provides a weekly commentary for Uprising on KPFK about undercovered activism. Aguilar sits on the board of the Women's Intercultural Network (WIN), a non-profit organization working to connect girls and women across borders. WIN most recently hosted women's rights activists from Uganda and Afghanistan. Before joining KALW, Aguilar spent eight years as a reporter with CNET Radio. She reported on technology's impact on society and was the only woman on staff. Aguilar speaks about the media, women's issues, and politics on panels and at conferences.

Robert Allen

Robert Allen

I am a Junior undergraduate at LaGrange College majoring in Political Science, my dreams and aspirations are to one day make a positive impact in this world and constantly stand for change. You can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_dreamchaser2/

Randy Schiltz

Randy Schiltz

Randy Schiltz is a Fly Fishing Instructor, NSCA Level 1 Sporting Clays Instructor, outdoor industry product rep for several outdoor manufacturers, avid outdoorsman, father of 3 girls and husband to 1 patient wife. He was born in Decatur, Georgia and now resides in Cumming, but is often deep in the north Georgia mountains or standing in a river in pursuit of trout.

Dr. Ravi Batra

Dr. Ravi Batra

img0001Dr. Ravi Batra, a professor of economics at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, is the author of five international best sellers. He was the chairperson of his department from 1977 to 1980. In October 1978, because of dozens of publications in top journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economic Studies, among others, Batra was ranked third in a group of “superstar economists,” selected from all the American and Canadian universities by an article in the learned journal, Economic Enquiry. In 1990, the Italian prime minister awarded him a Medal of the Italian Senate for writing a book that correctly predicted the downfall of Soviet communism, fifteen years before it happened. Dr. Batra has been written up in major newspapers and magazines, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, the U.S. News and World Report, and appeared on all major networks including CBS, NBC, CNN, ABC, CNBC, among others. In 2009, Batra received the Pratina and Navin Doshi Award for his contributions to economic analysis.

Ray Bearfield

Ray Bearfield

Ray Bearfield went to Florida as a newspaper editor, but left that job for a life on the water. He developed environmental education programs for the state Department of Natural Resources, earned a captain’s license and became a fishing guide in the Ten Thousand Islands region of the Everglades, and wrote stories and articles about the coastal environment for national and regional publications. He now lives in Atlanta, where he is at work on his first novel.

Raymond L. Atkins

Raymond L. Atkins

Raymond L. Atkins resides in Rome, Georgia. His stories have been published in Christmas Stories from Georgia, The Lavender Mountain Anthology, The Blood and Fire Review, The Old Red Kimono, Long Island Woman, and Savannah Magazine. His humorous column —"South of the Etowah" — appears in The Rome News-Tribune. His industrial maintenance column — "The Fundamentals" — appears in Maintenance Technology Magazine. His humorous column — "And So It Goes" — appears in Memphis Downtowner Magazine. His first novel, "The Front Porch Prophet," was published by Medallion Press in June of 2008 to critical acclaim and earned the 2009 Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel. His second novel, "Sorrow Wood," was released in June 2009 by Medallion Press and has been nominated for the 2010 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Fiction. Both are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine booksellers. His third novel, "Camp Redemption," will be released in August, 2011.

Richard Eisel

Richard Eisel

Richard Eisel lives in Georgia. Besides writing, he enjoys reading, sailing, and baseball. He has been working on his first novel for about thirty years.  So far, he has written three paragraphs, but they are really good paragraphs.

Rob Chambers

Rob Chambers

Rob Chambers was twice a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution where he won a national fellowship competition and ate too much Chinese food. He has also been (again twice) a Georgia correspondent for The Economist. And, to keep things symmetrical, he has written two books: Parody: The Art That Plays With Art (2010) and How To Write Parodies and Become Immortal (2012). Currently he teaches world literature part time at Kennesaw State. Otherwise his life is spent awaiting the arrival of the Antichrist and the daily return of the Good Humor truck. You can commune with his online avatar at www.parodybychambers.com.

Rob Coppock

Rob Coppock

After many years as an environmental policy researcher in this country and abroad, Rob Coppock spent 10 years as a free-lance science writer followed by 7 years teaching high school mathematics. He won the National Research Council individual performance award and the group he led the group performance award for the study “Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming” in 1991. He directed the international “2050 Project” sponsored by World Resources Institute, The Brookings Institution, and the Santa Fe Institute examining global sustainability and later served as Deputy Director and Head of the Washington Office for the German-American Academic Council. After contributing to several publications of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, he became a high school mathematics teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. Coppock’s current work focuses on education policy and electronic interactive teaching of mathematics. He is retired and divides his time between Washington, DC and Baker, WV.

Reagan Walker

Reagan Walker

Reagan Walker is a former Sunday Editor of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. A veteran writer and editor, she was an award-winning food writer and has covered other beats ranging from education to the war on terrorism to immigration.

Rebecca Sive

Rebecca Sive

Rebecca Sive is president of the Sive Group, Inc., which counsels executives and organization on women and politics, women’s reproductive rights and economic security, and the intersection of race and gender in American life. In 2013, her inspirational and how-to book for aspiring political women will be published by Chicago Review Press. Sive also writes for Huffington Post Politics. Listed in Feminists Who Changed America: 1963-1975, she has won numerous awards for her work, including distinguished achievement awards from hery alma maters, the University of Illinois and Carleton College. She was the chair of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation's Board of Directors in its formative years; a founder of Emily's List in Illinois; and has advised numerous organizations, candidates, and donors regarding their reproductive rights work.

Donnie Register

I am a substitute teacher for the Colquitt County school system and live in Moultrie GA.

Robert E Hunt Jr

Robert E Hunt Jr

Bob is a software developer specializing in large scale database applications. He was born near Philadelphia, grew up on the Jersey Shore (Bruce!), graduated from the University of Virginia in 1980 and moved to the Charlotte, NC area in 1990. Bob is an avid sports fan, a political junkie, a music and cinema buff and a history book reader. Bob is married to Cindy Hunt and together they have three beautiful and smart adult daughters and three adorable granddaughters. Bob's past lives are a bit more checkered. He was a Roman centurion killed in the Battle of Pharsalus, Shakespeare's secretary and the uncredited author of "Othello" and finally, he was one of the North Carolina infantrymen who accidentally shot Stonewall Jackson.

Roger Gregory

Roger Gregory

Roger was born and raised on the Gulf Coast and came to Atlanta in the '70s to pursue a career in music. He's recorded several albums and is the founding owner of Blind Willies on North Highland Avenue, where he plays bass for the Shadows.

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center in Austin, one of the partners in the community center 5604 Manor. He is the author of "All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice," (Soft Skull Press, 2009); "Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity" (South End Press, 2007); "The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege" (City Lights, 2005); "Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity" (City Lights, 2004); and "Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream" (Peter Lang, 2002). Jensen can be reached at [email protected].

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Ric Latarski

Ric Latarski has written for a variety of publications in the Atlanta area, was a stringer for Time Magazine, did commentary for Georgia Public Radio and wrote the guidebook, Atlanta: 101 Great Choices. He now writes fiction and recently completed his first novel.

R.L. Miller

R.L. Miller

Attorney, quilter, runner, keeper of chickens, California native. If you hate the terms "oilpocalypse" and "climate zombies," blame me.

Robin Marty

Robin Marty

Robin Marty is a freelance writer and editor from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Formerly, she worked as the Director of Special Projects for the Center for Independent Media, a progressive online news organization with sites across the country. Previously hired on as the state coordinator for Minnesota Monitor (now the Minnesota Independent), Robin assisted in the opening of multiple CIM states and has been heavily involved in the recruiting and mentoring of new state coordinators. Robin has been blogging since 2004, when she started The Power Liberal, and currently runs WoMN Focus, a site dedicated to tracking news on female candidates in Minnesota.

Robert Mashburn

Robert Mashburn

Robert Mashburn is an American expatriate living in Abu Dhabi, a native Floridian and long-time Atlantan out to discover a new land of sun and sand. He may be 7,500 miles from home, but his heart is where it has always been – in the South. He blogs regularly on his experiences at: http://www.abudhabido.blogspot.com

Robert Dardenne

Robert Dardenne, born and schooled in Baton Rouge, reported on newspapers and magazines in Louisiana, Mexico, New York and Washington D.C. for 12 years. With degrees from LSU, the University of Florida, and the University of Iowa, he has taught journalism at Florida, Iowa and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. He now teaches journalism at USF St. Petersburg. He is co-author of Conversation of Journalism and author of A Free and Responsible Student Press.

Robert C. Koehler

Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His new book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound is now available. Contact him at [email protected] or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor was born and raised in Georgia and worked more than 40 years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a reporter and editor and as an online producer for ajc.com and AccessAtlanta. He served for a time as the newspaper's regional editor, overseeing coverage of the South. He is co-author, with Dr. Leonard Ray Teel, of Into the Newsroom:  An Introduction to Journalism and has conducted workshops in the Middle East on feature writing.

Tom Walker

Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina Aug. 11, 1935, Tom Walker graduated from the University of South Carolina and did post-graduate work at UCLA. He started work at The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina in 1958 and later worked for The Columbia Record, the afternoon half of the State-Record Co., covering politics, courts, police and civil rights in the '60s. After a little more than a year at the Los Angeles City News Service, a local news wire service in L.A., he joined The Associated Press in Charlotte, North Carolina. In February 1967, he came to The Atlanta Journal and was persuaded (forced?) to take the job as real estate editor. When the then-business editor left in 1970 Tom became business editor. When the Journal and Atlanta Constitution staffs merged in the '80s he became a staff writer, a post he held until leaving for a career as a free-lance writer in 2007.

Russ Wellen

Russ Wellen

Russ Wellen edits the Foreign Policy in Focus blog Focal Points. He also holds down the Nukes and Other WMD desk at the Faster Times. His personal blog is Nuclear Nuances. His core concerns are: 1. American foreign policy, 2. nuclear deproliferation, and 3. the enduring enigma that is the American mind. His favorite animal is the spotted hyena. His favorite humans are his wife, Robin, and his 13-year-old son, Jacob.

Sam Morton

Sam Morton

A Rock Hill, SC native and 1985 graduate of The Citadel, Sam Morton is co-author of five fiction anthologies. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in English. He is a member of The Inkplots, a group of published writers and authors active in South Carolina’s vibrant literary experience. His past occupations include a 12 year-stint as a robbery/ homicide detective for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in Columbia, SC, a ten-year career as a professional wrestler, and one long week as the blade changer on the potato cutting machine at the Frito Lay plant in Charlotte, NC He is a freelance writer for a host of national and regional periodicals. He resides in Columbia with his wife and two children. By Sam Morton · Betrayed · Osporeni · Death Match · Disavowed · Ramblings Co-Authored · Heat of the Moment · Inkplots: Random Acts of Writing · Naughty and Nice · Buck Naked Unitarians · Black & Blue & Read All Over

Sara Amis

Sara Amis

Sara Amis is a member of the Occupy Atlanta Media Committee who moonlights as a college professor.

Sarah Ayres

Sarah Ayres

Sarah Ayres is a Research Associate in the Economic Policy Department at American Progress. Her work focuses on tax and budget policy. Prior to joining the Center, Sarah handled economic and financial policy as legislative assistant to Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. She was also the field director for New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch's successful re-election campaign in 2008. Sarah has a B.A. in government and sociology from Dartmouth College. She grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire.  See other articles by Sarah Ayres.

Sarah Bufkin

Sarah Bufkin

Sarah Bufkin studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was an editorial intern at ThinkProgress at the Center for American Progress.  She also interned at The Mine Labour Protection Campaign and at the Foundation for Sustainable Development.

Soraya Chemaly

Soraya Chemaly

Soraya L. Chemaly writes about gender, feminism and culture for The Huffington Post, Fem2.0, RHReality Check, BitchFlicks, The Good Men Project and Alternet. Her work focuses on pushing academic feminism into mainstream critiques of popular culture, through satirical humour and news analysis. She is particularly interested in how systems of bias and oppression are transmitted to children through entertainment, media and religious cultures. She holds a History degree from Georgetown University, where she founded that schools first feminist undergraduate journal, and studied post-grad at Radcliffe College. www.sorayachemaly.tumblr.com or Twitter @schemaly.

Saralyn Chesnut

Saralyn Chesnut

Saralyn Chesnut was the first director and founder of the Office of LGBT Life at Emory.

Seth Cline

Seth Cline

Seth Cline joined the Center for Responsive Politics in September 2011 after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May. He previously worked as an editorial intern at Forbes, writing for its Leadership section and Corporate Responsibility Blog, and at The Daily Tar Heel, where he served as lead elections reporter in 2010.

Scott Anna

Scott Anna

Scott Anna is a writer and artist in Blairsville, Ga. His Web site is www.scottanna.com.

Shay Dawkins

Shay Dawkins

Shay Dawkins is a Tuscaloosa, Ala., businessman who grew up in Baptist and Pentecostal churches. His observances about how Christianity can be divisive despite being based on one book led to his analysis of the Bible. Shay is author of the book The Good News: How Revealing Delusions in Christianity Will Bring Peace to All and Founder/CEO of the Art of Chivalry clothing brand who currently is combating the bullying problem in schools with his "Be A Buddy Not A Bully Campaign." Learn more at: www.thegoodnewsbook.com and/or www.dawkinstruth.com.

Sean J. Young

Sean J. Young

Sean J. Young is the Legal Director of the ACLU of Georgia. He has been actively involved in litigating cases around the country challenging discriminatory voter identification requirements, cutbacks to early voting and same-day registration, and other attempts to make it harder to vote. Prior to joining the ACLU, he was a judicial law clerk at both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He also served as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he litigated a variety of pro bono matters involving civil rights, fair housing, and racial justice issues. He has published articles in the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics and the Florida Coastal Law Review. Sean is a graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University.

Shane Gilreath

Writer/historian Shane Gilreath is a lifelong Southerner, with an ever growing repertoire, including news, government, and interpretive history. He is twice an author, was editor of The Evangel, and wrote the syndicated column "Under the Kudzu," a conservative Southerners take on world affairs. Shane calls himself a traditionalist and a sports-aholic, listing politics and cultures as particular interests. He's an award winning business owner and a graduate of Cumberland College.

Sheffield Hale

Sheffield Hale

Sheffield Hale is a native of Atlanta .  He is a former Chair of the the Board of The Atlanta Historical Society and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.  He is currently a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Sigrid Sanders

Sigrid Sanders

A journalist and editor for more than 30 years, I live in Watkinsville, Georgia, and now write mostly about the natural world, publishing on my website and on BirdingNotes.com, a blog.

Scott Keyes

Scott Keyes

Scott Keyes is a reporter for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Scott went to school at Stanford University where he received his B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Sociology. He has appeared on MSNBC and TBD Newstalk TV and been a guest on many radio shows. His writing has been published by The Atlantic, Politico, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott came to DC from southwest Ohio, a state very near and dear to his heart.

Stephen Lacey

Stephen Lacey

Stephen Lacey is a reporter/blogger for Climate Progress, where he writes on clean energy policy, technologies, and finance. Before joining CP, he was an editor/producer with RenewableEnergyWorld.com. He received his B.A. in journalism from Franklin Pierce University.

Spencer Lawton

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Spencer Lawton was district attorney for the Eastern Judicial Circuit of Georgia (Savannah, Chatham County) from 1981 through 2008.  In 2008, the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia selected him as District Attorney of the Year. During his tenure, he created a nationally recognized and award-winning Victim Witness Assistance Program. He is a founding board member of the Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center.

Rosemary Griggs

Rosemary Griggs

As a fourth generation southern artist living on Saint Simons Island, my daily work commute consists of walking out the back door, past the koi pond and bird feeders, through the garden and into a very special place - my slightly skewed studio. I’m joined by a host of eager, four-legged “studio assistants” ready to greet another day. A full time potter since 1997, I continue to stretch the clay to new extremes as my signature style of hand built ceramics evolves. With depictions of plants, animals, fish and human forms, often united in liberating ways, my art is rooted in and inspired by the natural world. Using several different hand building techniques, I create both sculptural and functional works that often combine incongruous themes within the same piece. My family’s creative influence has played a huge role in my life. Clay and dirt are as inbedded in my soul as in my fingernails. With family art decorating our home and gardens, my husband’s mandolin music ringing throughout the house and now our daughter in the process of making her artistic mark, I count myself very fortunate to come from a family whose creativity continues to roll from one generation to the next.

Sean Manion

I am a college student studying political science at Berry College, and I've lived in Rome for four years. I'm originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Sheila Barnard Nungesser

Sheila Barnard Nungesser

Sheila Nungesser is a native of Asheville, NC and has degrees from UNC and GSU. After working as a teacher and technical writer for several years, she whimsically applied for a position at Delta Air Lines, learned French, and flew internationally for the rest of her career. Recently retired, she has traded her wings for horses. She and her husband Phil are designing a horse farm near Asheville where she hopes to prove Thomas Wolfe wrong: that you can go home again.

SoniaTai

SoniaTai

SoniaTai is a freelance writer, living in Atlanta, Georgia. She originally hails from Rochester, New York but made her way over a decade ago. A 42 year old, single mother of three, she writes about her adventures in living in the new millennium as well as about harrowing process of raising three children in this new age.

Sonya Collins

Sonya Collins

Sonya Collins is an independent journalist whose recent stories about public health, medicine and biomedical research have appeared in Yale Medicine magazine, [email protected], and print and online publications served by the Georgia Public Health News Bureau.  She has also contributed news stories, columns, features and travel pieces to local and regional publications in New York, Georgia, and Brazil.  While earning an M.A. in Health & Medical Journalism at the University of Georgia, Sonya was a two-time science writing fellow at research conferences sponsored by the National Academies of Science and held in Irvine, CA.

Before becoming a journalist, Sonya earned an M.F.A. in creative writing at The New School, where she was a teaching fellow. She has also taught writing at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she earned her B.A., and at the University of Georgia. During her teaching stint at UGA, she contributed an article on author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) to the Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Fiction published in 2010.

Fluent in Portuguese, Sonya has translated literary and scholarly texts for publication.  She lived in Brazil for two years, where she wrote a collection of essays about life on the island of Florianópolis.

Robert M. Williams, Jr.

Robert M. Williams, Jr.

Robert M. Williams, Jr. publishes newspapers in Blackshear, Alma, Folkston, McRae and Forsyth, Georgia and lives in Blackshear.

Susan Soper

Susan Soper

Susan Soper is a longtime journalist: as a writer for Newsday where she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for The Heroin Trail, writer at CNN, Features Editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Executive Editor at Atlanta INtown. Recently, she created and published a workbook, ObitKit (www.obitkit.com). She is currently working on a number of writing and editing projects, including obituaries and life stories. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Bo Holland. Her interests include hiking, reading, the arts, people (dead and alive) and, in a better economy, travel. Staying close to home these days, she takes and documents “Urban Hikes” and is interested in sharing sites of interest with readers of Like the Dew.

Sue Sturgis

Sue Sturgis

Sue Sturgis joined the Institute for Southern Studies in November 2005 as director of the Institute's Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch, a project to document and investigate the post-Katrina recovery. A former staff writer for the Raleigh News & Observer and Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.), Sue directs and regularly contributes to the Institute's online magazine, Facing South, with a focus on energy and environmental issues. Sue is the author or co-author of five Institute reports, including Faith in the Gulf (Aug/Sept 2008), Hurricane Katrina and the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (January 2008) and Blueprint for Gulf Renewal (Aug/Sept 2007). Sue holds a Masters in Journalism from New York University.

Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor is the author of five novels and opened her own epublishing house, Astraea Press, in 2010. She’s the mother of three young children and has been married for almost eleven years to a man she met on the Internet (See? Good things do occasionally happen there!). When she’s not taking care of her family, she’s writing or making other writers’ dreams come true by publishing their work. You can find her online on Facebook or at www.astraeapress.com.

Stephen Wingeier

Stephen Wingeier

Stephen Wing is the author of two books of poems, the “Earth Poetry” chapbook series, and Free Ralph!, a comic novel with an environmental theme. He has published numerous essays on ecology and evolution, hosts an “Earth Poetry” workshop each season, and is the creator of Gaia-Love Graffiti, a line of original bumper stickers. He serves on the boards of the Lake Claire Community Land Trust and Nuclear Watch South. Visit him at www.StephenWing.com.

Steve King

Steve King lives in Baltimore. He can be contacted on twitter @steveking_

Stuart Liss

Retired Architect living in the Shenandoah Valley, VA.

Sujigu

Sujigu

"Sujigu" is a regular diarist at the DailyKos.com

Suz Korbel

Suz Korbel

Graduating in '71 from Cornell gave me a few unencumbered years of protesting, followed by 4 happy hipster grad student/worker years at U of Michigan, completing a Ph.D. in public administration. Followed a comedian to San Francisco, then my heart to Austin Texas to learn the TV business, dabbled in hot&heavy politics in DC, and returned to Austin & San Antonio, Texas to hone my political/media skills. I make my money conducting consumer and political opinion studies.

Steve Valk

Steve Valk

Steve Valk is communications director and regional manager for Citizens Climate Lobby. Before joining Citizens Climate Lobby, he was an editor for 31 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. For 25 years, he has volunteered as a citizen lobbyist with RESULTS, which works to create the political will to end poverty. He's building a new career dedicated to creating a more just, equitable, sustainable and peaceful world. His articles also appear on Open Salon and The Huffington Post. Steve Valk left his job of 31 years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 29. His last position there was Sunday Metro Section editor. He has also volunteered for more than 20 years with RESULTS, an advocacy group working to end poverty.  

Susan Wilson

Susan Wilson

Susan Wilson decided to be a writer in 6th grade upon winning a creative writing contest with an entry defying both logic and basic rules of grammar. Leaving behind a career in retail and training, she launched Yeah, And Another Thing after coming to the astounding conclusion that real writers need to write. A native of Laurel, Mississippi, she now lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and stepchildren. When she is procrastinating mightily, she can be found on The Twitters and The Facebook.

Scott Wooledge

Scott Wooledge

Scott Wooledge is a New York City writer and activist. He has worked on many campaigns, including Obama 2008, Hodes for Senate 2010, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and New York's marriage equality. He posts under the handle Clarknt67 at the Daily Kos progressive blog and can also be seen at many other LGBT and progressive sites.

Rodney Adams

Rodney Adams

An aspiring television and screenplay writer from Atlanta.

Tammy Andrews

Tammy Andrews

I live in Clay County. I was employed with the Clay Times-Journal in Lineville,
Alabama as a photo-journalist for three years and I am now a contract writer
for them. I also have a weekly editorial column in their paper. I would
include the link to the newspaper website, but they cancelled it because
they were paying a high price for it. I have a page where I
post all my weekly articles. It is called The Nitty Gritty. Here is the
link.

Timothy Hurst

Timothy Hurst

Timothy B. Hurst is the founding editor of ecopolitology and the executive editor of LiveOAK Media. Tim writes mostly about environmental politics, energy policy, green business and in the summer he has a nasty habit of covering the music industry. Before joining the team at LiveOAK, Tim was the founding editor at Green Options' environmental politics blog Red, Green and Blue and a regular contributor at sustainablog, CleanTechnica, Gas 2.0 and Celsias. Tim has a B.A. in International Relations from Lynchburg College and an M.A. in Political Science (Environmental Policy) from Colorado State University.

When not reading, writing, thinking or talking about environmental politics and renewable energy to anyone who will listen, Tim spends his time skiing, hiking with his dog and getting dirty in his Colorado vegetable garden.

Tim Hurst can be reached via email (tim at ecopolitology dot org), the contact form or by sending a reply to @ecopolitologist on twitter.

Thomas A. Bledsoe

Thomas A. Bledsoe

Thomas Bledsoe is a resident of Atlanta, Georgia and a recent graduate of the University of Georgia. He has a degree in History, as well as minors in French and Religion. After completing his studies at UGA, Thomas moved to Vannes, France in September 2011 and will be there until May 2012. In France, he works as an English teaching assistant in a vocational high school and writes for the National Geographic France website. This is his second time living in France. In 2009, he spent a semester studying in Lyon, France as part of an exchange program. He will share his thoughts, observations, and experiences about life in France.

Tom Crawford

Tom Crawford

A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Tom Crawford is the editor of Capitol Impact’s Georgia Report, an Internet news service covering state government in Georgia.

Fred Brown

Fred Brown

FRED BROWN is a retired Senior Writer for The Knoxville News-Sentinel. He was a working journalist for more than 45 years and is a member of the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editor’s Malcolm Law Trophy for Feature Writing and the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Journalism at the University of Michigan (1983-84). Brown most recently published with the University of Tennessee Press “Marking Time: East Tennessee’s Historical Markers.”

From 2000 to 2005, Brown traveled extensively through France collecting history of American, French and German World War II veterans. He has also traveled to Belgium, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Germany, Scotland and England on story assignments.

In 1984, he crossed into East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie and spent May Day at the Berlin Wall and inside Communist East Berlin for the May Day Parade along Marx-Engels Platz.  Also in 1984, Brown visited Dachau, the Nazi Death Camp of the Holocaust.

In 1985, Brown traveled extensively throughout South Korea. He spent one day at the 38th Parallel and Panmunjom on the North Korean Border, visiting the “Peace Village” along the dangerous Demilitarized Zone.

Just prior to the visit to Korea, Brown was in Thailand for close to three weeks along the Thai-Cambodia border writing about refugees. He went across the Cambodia border to stay with Buddhist monks who were slipping Khmer cultural materials back into Cambodia against Communist Vietnam orders.

In addition, Brown covered Gulf War I from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield. As part of that reporting, he went out on a desert reconnaissance mission with U.S. Army troops to the Kuwait-Saudi border.

He also covered a time of Palestinian unrest from Ramallah on the West Bank and slipped clandestinely into Gaza City in the early 1990s during a Hamas shutdown of the city as Intifada No. 2 began. At that time, Brown visited Jerusalem, Hebron and the Tomb of he Patriarchs, was allowed inside the tomb, covered a street strike by Palestinians on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, visited Tel Aviv and Bethlehem. He also went into a refugee camp in Gaza and was accosted by Palestinians as well as Israelis on the way out of Gaza.

Terri Evans

Terri Evans

Terri Evans is 25+year marketing communications professional, a partner at LeslieEvansCreative and Bcauz marketing (cause-related). She has been a food columnist for Atlanta Intown and Atlanta Buckhead newspapers, and a contributing writer for Georgia Magazine, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and other publications. Evans was also a finalist in a Southern Living cooking competition. She is (and has long been) at work on a novel set in the South (of Georgia) and the South (of France). She's always cookin' up somethin'.

Timothy Freeman

Atlanta native who spends far too much energy on Georgia Tech sports and old music. Also religious about Atlanta Braves baseball and baseball history. Now live in the 'burbs with my wife and a yellow labrador retriever who rules our world. Follow my blog @ http://southerndiversions.blogspot.com/

Tom Ferguson

Tom Ferguson

Tom is a painter, a cartoonist, a musician, a thinker and more. View some of his web sites:

  • www.thinkspeak.net (Painting)
  • toons.thinkspeak.net (Political Cartoons)
  • thinkspeak.bandcamp.com (Music)
  • tfthinkspeak.blogspot.com (blog)

Tiger Liliuokalani

Tiger Liliuokalani

Tiger Liliuokalani is a cat and proud of it. "Cats aren't purr-fect," she says, "but we do so much less harm than people, don't we? Even dogs must agree." A native of Georgia, she is the founder of the international organization, Catnapping for Peace and Justice.

Tim Oliver

Tim Oliver

Tim Oliver is a writer living, and, working in Atlanta Ga. He believes your country is to die for, food is to eat. He treads the earth, in chrome tennis shoes, fervently searching for transcendent banana pudding. The skin on top is optional.

Tammy Ingram

Tammy Ingram

Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston, Tammy Ingram received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2007.  Dr. Ingram was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southern Studies from the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2010-2011. Her book, Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930, will be published by UNC Press in Spring 2014. She is working on a new book about the murder of Albert Patterson in Phenix City, Alabama in 1954 and the Dixie Mafia.

Michael J. Solender

Michael J. Solender

Michael J. Solender is a recent corporate refugee whose opinion and satire has been featured in The Richmond Times Dispatch, The Winston-Salem Journal, and Richmond Style Weekly. He writes a weekly Neighborhoods column for The Charlotte Observer and is the City Life Editor for Charlotte ViewPoint. His micro-fiction has been featured online at Bull Men’s Fiction, Calliope Nerve, Danse Macabre, Dogzplot, Gloom Cupboard, Full of Crow, Pangur Ban Party and others.

You can find more of his work at his website and also at his blog.

Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.

Tom Baxter

Tom Baxter

Tom Baxter is the South's leading political reporter. He is currently editor of the Southern Political Report and senior vice-president of its parent company, InsiderAdvantage, a media and polling firm. For more than 40 years, he has worked for newspapers in Montgomery, Ala., Columbia, Md., Charleston, S.C. and Atlanta, Ga. At the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was a reporter, editor of the Sunday Perspective section, national editor, and for 20 years, chief political correspondent.

Tom H. Hastings, Ed.D.

Tom H. Hastings, Ed.D.

I am an old peace and justice activist from the 60s who just never stopped. At some point, when I was a community organizer working for Waging Peace in northern Wisconsin, I realized I needed a lot more education and theory to become a better activist. I picked up a few degrees and now I teach it. I've written a few books and spent time in many jails and three prisons for my nonviolent actions and see no reason to stop in our era of cascading problems from the war system. I am a PeaceVoice Director and on occasion an expert witness for the defense in court. My latest book is A New Era of Nonviolence.  

Tom Poland

Tom Poland, A Southern Writer – Tom Poland is the author of fourteen books, 550 columns, and more than 1,200 magazine features. A Southern writer, his work has appeared in magazines throughout the South. Among his recent books are Classic Carolina Road Trips From Columbia, Georgialina, A Southland, As We Knew It, Reflections of South Carolina, Vol. II, and South Carolina Country Roads. Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s Official Folk Life Drama, staged his play, Solid Ground. He writes a weekly column for newspapers and journals in Georgia and South Carolina about the South, its people, traditions, lifestyle, and changing culture and speaks to groups across South Carolina and Georgia. He’s the editor of Shrimp, Collards & Grits, a Lowcountry lifestyle magazine. Governor McMaster conferred the Order of the Palmetto upon him October 26, 2018 for his impact upon South Carolina through his books and writing because “his work is exceptional to the state.” Tom earned a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Media at the University of Georgia. He grew up in Lincolnton, Georgia. He lives in Columbia, South Carolina where he writes about Georgialina—his name for eastern Georgia and South Carolina.<br /> Visit my website at <a href="http://www.tompoland.net">www.tompoland.net</a><br /> Email me at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a></p> Visit his website at www.tompoland.net Email him at [email protected]

Travis Waldron &amp; Pat Garofalo

Travis Waldron & Pat Garofalo

Travis Waldron is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Travis grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and holds a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Kentucky. Before coming to ThinkProgress, he worked as a press aide at the Health Information Center and as a staffer on Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s 2010 Senate campaign. He also interned at National Journal’s Hotline and was a sports writer and political columnist at the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s daily student newspaper. Pat Garofalo is Economic Policy Editor for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Pat’s work has also appeared in The Nation, U.S. News & World Report, The Guardian, the Washington Examiner, and In These Times. He has been a guest on MSNBC and Al-Jazeera television, as well as many radio shows. Pat graduated from Brandeis University, where he was the editor-in-chief of The Brandeis Hoot, Brandeis’ community newspaper, and worked for the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life. Author photos: Travis (left), Pat (right)

Trevor Stone Irvin

Trevor Stone Irvin

Illustrator and Designer living in the Candler Park area...At one time I worked at the Atlanta Constitution and then for CNN at the startup...it all seemed too much like real work so I went freelance...which my father defined as "being unemployed for a real long time".

Troubadour

Troubadour

"Republicans would rather live in shit than be seen working a shovel."
Troubadour is a regular diarist at DailyKos.com and his reposts here are allowed under their sharing policy.

Tanya Somanader

Tanya Somanader

Tanya Somanader is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Tanya grew up in Pepper Pike, Ohio and holds a B.A. in international relations and history from Brown University. Prior to joining ThinkProgress, Tanya was a staff member in the Office of Senator Sherrod Brown, working on issues ranging from foreign policy and defense to civil rights and social policy.

Travis Waldron

Travis Waldron

Travis Waldron is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Travis grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and holds a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Kentucky. Before coming to ThinkProgress, he worked as a press aide at the Health Information Center and as a staffer on Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s 2010 Senate campaign. He also interned at National Journal’s Hotline and was a sports writer and political columnist at the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s daily student newspaper.

Rob Douthit

Rob Douthit

Rob Douthit is a writer, editor and communications professional with many years of experience.

Viveca Novak

Viveca Novak

Viveca Novak is a journalist who covered politics and government in Washington for nearly 20 years, reporting in turn for Common Cause Magazine,  National Journal, the Wall Street Journal and Time magazine. At Time she was a co-winner of Harvard University's Goldsmith Prize as well as the Clarion Award for investigative reporting into the campaign finance scandals of President Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign. She is co-author of  Inside the Wire , about the Guantanamo Bay detention center (Penguin Press: 2005). She holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and an M.S.L. from Yale Law School. Currently, she is deputy director of FactCheck.org.

Waldron, Somanader &amp; Garofalo

Waldron, Somanader & Garofalo

Travis Waldron is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Travis grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and holds a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Kentucky. Before coming to ThinkProgress, he worked as a press aide at the Health Information Center and as a staffer on Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s 2010 Senate campaign. He also interned at National Journal’s Hotline and was a sports writer and political columnist at the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s daily student newspaper. Tanya Somanader is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Tanya grew up in Pepper Pike, Ohio and holds a B.A. in international relations and history from Brown University. Prior to joining ThinkProgress, Tanya was a staff member in the Office of Senator Sherrod Brown, working on issues ranging from foreign policy and defense to civil rights and social policy. Pat Garofalo is Economic Policy Editor for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Pat’s work has also appeared in The Nation, U.S. News & World Report, The Guardian, the Washington Examiner, and In These Times. He has been a guest on MSNBC and Al-Jazeera television, as well as many radio shows. Pat graduated from Brandeis University, where he was the editor-in-chief of The Brandeis Hoot, Brandeis’ community newspaper, and worked for the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life.

Wanda Argersinger

Wanda Argersinger

A writer, humorist, and motivational speaker, Wanda Argersinger was born with a purse in one hand and lipstick in the other.  She wrote her first story in 2nd grade using all of her spelling words, which brought the attention to her of the school counselors suggesting she get counseling.  An excerpt from this story:  “…mice who drink too

much and party all night long….”

As Executive Director for The Lupus Support Network, Wanda is an advocate for all Lupus patients, working diligently as a member of the Statewide Coalition for the State of Florida Department of Health Arthritis Prevention and Education Program.  She facilitates support groups in the Florida Panhandle and Southern Alabama and trains new facilitators to educate and counsel patients, plans and researches topics to be discussed at meetings.

As a published author, Wanda has wrote the book currently being used in The Lupus Support Network SLESH (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Self Help) classes, written and published a number of pamphlets on various aspects of Lupus currently being used for informational purposes at The Lupus Support Network, and My Personal Health Journal, a book sold for a patient’s use in recording and maintaining vital health information.  This book is sold nationwide and all profits go to The Lupus Support Network.  Most recently Wanda has written Y-Mee’s A-B-C Book of Emotiions and created a doll that accompanies the book, which can be purchased from l-bowonline.com or Lulu.com.

She has also been featured in Featured in MD News Magazine, Lupus Now Magazine, Ladies in Business, the Pensacola News Journal, and the Tallahassee Democrat.

As a motivational speaker, and educator in the area of Lupus health, Wanda has been a speaker for the State of Florida Department of Health, Unlocking the Mysteries of Lupus, among numerous other organizations in Florida and South Alabama.

Wanda has been on a number of local radio talk shows with several call-in shows, and guests on many television programs.

Wanda is constantly working and actively involved in the Lupus Research Institutes National Coalition (advocating for Lupus Patients, research funding, and legislative change), as an Associate Member of the American Academy of Rheumatology, a Member of The American Chronic Pain Association, and a Member of the National Fibromyalgia Association, a Member of the National Society of Newspaper columnists, and a member of the National Association of Professional Women.

Wanda has been published in other publications including The Legend, a monthly column entitled “The Write Site,” spotlighting websites that are of interest to writers), Poetic Voices, June 1999, Emerald Coast Review, a short story and poem, and the Gulf Breeze News, as a guest columnist.

Her achievements and awards are numerous.

Currently, Wanda is busy developing her own line of greeting cards along with 2 more books and a board game for patients with Chronic Illness.  This amazing woman, with Lupus SLE herself, is the Energizer Bunny come to life, with no need of any batteries!  She will keep on giving until she falls over from the weight of her purse while wearing a great hot pink lipstick!

Will Cantrell

Will Cantrell

Will Cantrell (a pseudonym) is a writer, storyteller, and explorer of the milieu of everyday life. An aging Baby Boomer, a Georgia Tech grad, and a retired banker, Cantrell regularly chronicles what he swears are 'mostly true'  'everyman' adventures. Of late, he's written about haircuts, computer viruses, Polar Vortexes, identity theft, ketchup, doppelgangers, bifocals, ‘Streetification’, cursive handwriting, planning his own funeral and other gnarly things that caused him to scratch his head in an increasingly more and more crazy-ass world.   As for Will himself, the legend is at an early age he wandered South, got lost, and like most other self-respecting males, was loathe to ask for directions. The best solution, young Will mused, “was just to stay put”. All these years later, he still hasn't found his way but remains  a son of the New South. He was recently sighted somewhere close to I-285, lost, bumfuzzled and mumbling something about “...writing' his way home.” Of course, there are a lot of folks who think that “Cantrell ain't wrapped too tight” but hope that he keeps writing about his adventures as he finds his way back to the main highway.

William Cotter

William Cotter

I actually remember when THE ATLANTA JOURNAL claimed it "Covers Dixie Like the Dew," because 50 years ago, when I graduated from high school, I landed my first full-time job there as a copy boy. Thanks to city editor Harold E. Davis, I was promoted to city desk clerk, then later became the youngest of his young reporters, when they were still located at 10 Forsyth St., next to the train station (have I preceded your memory yet?). Before I left journalism in the 1970's to try and earn a living, I also had worked for THE DAILY JOURNAL of Elizabeth, N.J., had been a stringer for NEWSWEEK, and had written articles for Atlanta weeklies CREATIVE LOAFING and THE ATLANTA GAZETTE. In 2006, I was hospitalized with meningitis, three weeks in a coma, waking up with 100 percent hearing loss in both ears. I received a cochlear implant, which provides me a miraculous electronic approximation of hearing, although everybody sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks announcing the subway stops at the Atlanta Airport. After I was discharged from the hospital, I began to write a blog to see if anything about my brain still worked and if I could still type. In addition to my own blog COTTER PEN, I have been a contributor to the arts blog SOUTHERN CREATIVITY and helped design and launch other blogs about writers and artists.

Wayne Countryman

Wayne Countryman

Since moving to Baltimore in 1998, Wayne Countryman has been an editor with The Baltimore Sun, AmericanStyle and NICHE magazines, The Maryland Daily Record and now the Baltimore Business Journal.

Robert Weiner &amp; Richard Mann

Robert Weiner & Richard Mann

Robert Weiner (in photo) is a national columnist, White House reporter, radio-TV commentator, and former spokesman for the Clinton White House and senior aide to Congressmen John Conyers, Charles Rangel, Claude Pepper, Ed Koch and the late senator Edward Kennedy. He directed the Daily Press Briefing Room at the 2008 Democratic National convention where President Obama was nominated. Richard Mann is senior policy analyst at Robert Weiner Associates and a Roosevelt University Journalism masters degree graduate.  

We The People

We The People

All of us. 100%. Those who are here. As one.

Bill Mankin

Bill Mankin

Bill Mankin is a music-lover, writer and international environmental policy activist who spent his teenage years in the 1960s in Atlanta. He attended five rock festivals in Georgia and Florida from 1968-1970, serving as a volunteer for one of them and as a member of the construction and stage crews for another. From 1969-1973 he also worked on innumerable rock concert stage and security crews, in promotions, as a stage manager, and on concert tours as an equipment roadie, truck driver, and sound technician in charge of stage audio. In 1980, Bill won a Bronze Award from the Houston International Film Festival for his screenplay about dreams, desperation and death in the world of rock’n’roll. He has written album reviews and interviews for NoDepression.com and wrote the liner notes for the Jimi Hendrix album release, “Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival”. He is currently researching and interviewing for a book on the December 1968 Miami Pop Festival.  In his spare time he occasionally recalls a favorite quote by Leonard Cohen, from Chelsea Hotel No. 2: "We are ugly, but we have the music."

Will Nelson

Will Nelson

Will Nelson is a Buford resident and his company, Vitalogy.com teaches office workers successful strategies for mind and body. He can be reached at 678-900-0270 or [email protected]

Ann Woolner &amp; Leonard Ray Teel

Ann Woolner & Leonard Ray Teel

Ann Woolner is a journalist with a national following. She previously worked at The Atlanta Journal, the Fulton Daily Report and the Bloomberg news service. She currently divides her time between Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia.
Dr. Leonard Ray Teel is a professor in the Department of Communication, specializing in international journalism and mass communication and in media history. His most recent book, Ralph Emerson McGill: Voice of the Southern Conscience (2001), won the Kappa Tau Alpha Frank Luther Mott Award. Into the Newsroom: An Introduction to Journalism, co-authored with Ron Taylor, has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Armenian. He is a co-founder and past president of the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators and has conducted media workshops across the Arab world.

Walter Rhett

Walter Rhett

Walter Rhett attended Ohio State University and writes from Charleston, SC. He writes about national and global affairs with an eye on southern history and culture in Southern Perlo.  Perlo is a rice dish, handed down by tradition, shared by all; carefully crafted, loaded with local bounty to extend and enhance its value and taste. Perlo: African one pot rice, filled with tradition and life.

Doc

Doc

Doc is a master's-level licensed professional counselor, cannabis relegalizer, Guitarist, martial artist, Leftist Blogger and All-American DFH residing in Atlanta, Ga.

Yasmin Vafa

Yasmin Vafa

Yasmin Vafa is Director of Law and Policy for Human Rights Project for Girls. From her earliest nonprofit experience as a refugee caseworker for Amnesty International in Sydney, Yasmin has been dedicated to working with and advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations. Prior to her work at Human Rights for Girls, Yasmin practiced law at a major law firm in Miami, Florida. Yasmin also served as Acting Refugee Coordinator for Amnesty International Australia, where her work focused on advocating on behalf of asylum seekers and working to shift national policy with respect to the mandatory and indefinite detention of asylum seekers. Ms. Vafa's work and advocacy has spanned the areas of international human rights, women's rights, child welfare, sex trafficking, immigration, asylum, detention, and conditions of confinement for young women and girls. Along with Ms. Swenson, Ms. Vafa directs the policy strategy and legislative agenda of Human Rights for Girls. Yasmin's work focuses on developing campaigns and advocacy initiatives, analyzing and drafting legislation, producing policy recommendations and briefs, advising policymakers on current and proposed legislation, grassroots coalition building, and engaging the public on issues affecting vulnerable young women and girls. Moreover, as legal director, Yasmin prepares all legal submissions, including all amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the organization. Ms. Vafa received her B.A. from Boston University and earned her J.D. from University of Florida, Levin College of Law. She is currently a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars. Yasmin can be reached at [email protected]

Yana Kunichoff

Yana Kunichoff

Yana Kunichoff is an assistant editor at Truth-out.org.  She was a reporter at Campus Progress and RedEye. Kunichoff attended Northwestern University, University of Duham and the International School of the Hague.

David Jenks

David Jenks

I received my Ph.D. from Florida State University and I am currently a Professor of Criminology at The University of West Georgia. My research interests vary, but I am currently focusing on comparative/international policing, organizational administration and leadership, and police corruption. I have worked for the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the United States Department of State. I enjoy spending time with my wife Cathi and my two children Annika (6) and Nicholas (4), playing golf (perhaps a little too much), and hiking.

Zack Ford

Zack Ford

Zack Ford is an LGBT researcher/blogger for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Prior to joining ThinkProgress, Zack blogged for two years at ZackFordBlogs.com with occasional cross-posts at Pam’s House Blend. He also co-hosts a popular LGBT-issues podcast called Queer and Queerer with activist and performance artist Peterson Toscano. An accomplished pianist, Zack has a bachelor’s in Music Education from Ithaca College, where he served as student body president. His passion, however, is social justice education and advocacy, having completed a Master’s in Higher Education Student Affairs from Iowa State University and helped to found the Central Pennsylvania LGBT Aging Network. He’s originally (and proudly) from rural central Pennsylvania.

Zack Beauchamp

Zack Beauchamp

Zack Beauchamp is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress.org. He previously contributed to Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish at Newsweek/Daily Beast, and has also written for Foreign Policy and Tablet magazines. Zack holds bachelors degrees in philosophy and political science from Brown University and a masters in international relations from the London School of Economics. He grew up in Washington, DC.

Zaina Budayr

Zaina Budayr

Zaina Budayr, a senior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, is majoring in Communication Studies.

Zaid Jilani

Zaid Jilani

Zaid Jilani is a Senior Reporter/Blogger for ThinkProgress.org and current editor of the 99 Percent Movement Special Topics page at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Zaid grew up in Kennesaw, GA, and holds a B.A. in International Affairs with a minor in Arabic from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining ThinkProgress, Zaid interned for Just Foreign Policy and was a weekly columnist at The Red & Black, the University of Georgia’s official student newspaper. He is a co-editor at the Georgia-based blog Georgia Liberal and a regular on RT America's The Alyona Show and The Thom Hartmann Show and has been a guest host on Al Jazeera English's The Stream. He is also an occassional contributor to the op-ed pages of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Judith Stough

Judith Stough

Judith Stough is a retired educator living in the Shenandoah Valley on an old farm she and her husband bought in 1996. She has a B.A. In English from the College of William and Mary, M.Ed. From Loyola College and a Ph.D. From the University of Maryland. She held a number of jobs during her professional career: Resource teacher for children with learning disabilities, Educational diagnostician, Self employed - testing and tutoring business, State government education consultant, Executive director of non-profit advocacy organization, Adjunct college professor and Instructor for James Madison University Lifelong Learning program. Her current interests include travel, cooking, family history and a burning ambition to write an historical novel.