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Rick  Bragg

Rick Bragg

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Rick Bragg

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist


Rick Bragg is a journalist and writer known for non-fiction books, especially those about his family in Alabama. He is the author of over a dozen books, including the best-selling Ava’s Man and All Over but the Shoutin’. Rick has worked for numerous newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg Times and the New York Times, in which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 recognizing his work there.

He taught writing at Harvard University, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Boston University, and others. Rick lives in Alabama and writes a monthly column for Southern Living magazine. He is currently a writing professor at The University of Alabama’s Journalism program in its College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Bragg says he learned to tell stories by listening to the masters, the people of the foothills of the Appalachians. They talked of the sadness, poverty, cruelty, kindness, hope, hopelessness, faith, anger and joy of their everyday lives, and painted pictures on the very haze of the early evening when work faded into story-telling.  These stories are the backbone of his third book, Ava’s Man, the tale of a whiskey man, poacher, roofer and folk legend who was his mother’s father and the grandfather he never saw.

All Over but the Shoutin’ was Bragg’s first book, the story of a mother who absorbed the cruelties of an alcoholic husband haunted by his service in the Korean War, and showed how she devoted her life to the endless cotton fields to make a living for her three sons. The book, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won several awards and was selected as one of the best books of the year by several news organizations and leader groups. More important than the fact that it made The New York Times bestseller list, says Bragg, is the fact that the book became an anthem for the working people and poor people of the modern-day South.

A native of Alabama, Bragg worked at several newspapers before joining The New York Times in 1994. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing, the Jonesboro killings, the Susan Smith trial and more as a national correspondent based in Atlanta. He later became Miami Bureau Chief for the Times just in time for Elian Gonzalez’s arrival and the international battle for the little boy. He recently retired from the Times in May 2003. Bragg has twice won the prestigious American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, and more than 50 other writing awards in his 20-year career, and has given back to his profession by teaching writing in colleges and newsrooms.

Bragg is also the author of The Prince of Frogtown, Somebody Told Me, a critically acclaimed collection of his newspaper stories, and I am A Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story.

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