Memphis native. Former newspaper columnist and podcast host. News journalist at the University of West Alabama. University of Memphis and Jacksonville State University graduate. Cardinals fan.
I write about politics and poverty, history and culture, race and equality and humanity in the Deep South. Splendid tales are everywhere: in 100-year-old basements, in City Council meetings, in church pews, in dusty archives and computer databases, in aging chapels on abandoned military bases, on downtown rooftops, and, as the photo illustrates, atop soaring bell towers of antebellum churches. Everyone has a story to tell, fanciful or polite. Others aren't as pleasant, the dark stories of political malfeasance and humanity's worst traits. It's journalists' duty to tell them all -- accurately, fairly and without fear.