Glynn R. Wilson, Web Publisher, Editor, Writer, Reporter, Photographer
JOURNALISM, PUBLISHING EXPERIENCE
Glynn Wilson has been a newspaper reporter and magazine writer for more than 35 years. He spent a decade as a college professor and academic researcher and has been a Web publisher for the past 19 years. Here is a chronology of the most significant experience.
In early 2014, Wilson launched the New American Journal, NewAmericanJournal.Net, as Editor and Publisher.
From 2005-2014, he was Editor and Publisher of The Locust Fork News-Journal at LocustFork.Net. There we demonstrated the power of the alternative, independent Web Press in many cases, especially in stopping the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management from opening up 43,000 acres in the Talladega National Forest to fracking for methane gas. It was the only case of its kind in the country.
Also during this time, Wilson published articles on a free-lance basis with other online publications such as Truthout.org, Alternet.com and The Nation magazine.
In 2007, Wilson was a fellow and grant recipient of The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund and published an Investigative news feature in The Nation magazine: A Whistleblower’s Tale.
From 2002-2005, Wilson worked as a free-lance reporter for The New York Times, handling assignments all over the American South from Birmingham, Alabama, to New Orleans, Louisiana. Here are some of the links to a few clips online.
Ex-HealthSouth Officer Testifies About Meeting Boss on Lake
Witness Tells of Maneuvers With Numbers at HealthSouth
Ex-HealthSouth Officer Says He Faked Numbers for Chief
Will the Real Richard Scrushy Please Step Forward
Also in 2004 and 2005, Wilson lived and worked inside the Washington, D.C. beltway as a staff reporter for States News Service and a free-lance reporter for The Hollywood Reporter and Time magazine. He covered the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan for The Wisconsin State-Journal and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal for Time.
Between 2000 and 2004, Wilson held the position as the New Orleans correspondent for The Dallas Morning News and as a correspondent in the South for The Christian Science Monitor. He also contributed articles to Gambit, the alternative weekly in New Orleans, worked as a stringer for UPI, contributed science/medical stories to The Doctor’s Guide to the Internet and even covered Mardi Gras for People magazine.
Here are a few clips from that time period.
This was the America Online Featured Story of the Day: Monumental Clash Over Ten Commandments
An edited version of this story appeared in the Sunday Dallas Morning News: Global Warming Makes Saving Lousiana’s Wetlands Hard
Wilson once ended up as the only reporter in the room with former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani. He broke this story for UPI: Giuliani reveals thoughts on WTC site
From 1999 to 2001, while working on a Ph.D. in Science Communication at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and then teaching at Loyola University New Orleans, Wilson was Editor-in-Chief of The Southerner, a general-interest regional magazine online at Southerner.net. He brought student and professional writers across the region together to produce the first real magazine online in the heady early days of the Internet before the dot com bubble burst.
Also from 1997 to 2000, Wilson was a contributing writer for the Environment News Service, the official source of environmental news for the Lycos search engine. He also produced cover stories for Metropulse, a 30,000 circulation, 85,000 readership alternative weekly in Knoxville.
Here’s one clip: Not So Clear-Cut
From 1995 to 1996, Wilson was a regional correspondent for the Washington Bureau of United Press International (UPI), Science and Technology desk and while teaching at Georgia College, he published an investigative story on the homeless problem in The Union-Recorder, the smallest circulation Knight-Ridder newspaper at the time in Milledgville, and a Sunday book review in The Macon Telegraph on David Burnham’s book on the corrupt Justice Department.
From 1989 to 1992, Wilson was a staff writer and photographer with Gulf Coast Newspapers, a chain of six twice-weekly papers on the Gulf Coast. He also wrote a weekly editorial column for The Islander in Gulf Shores, Alabama. During this period he also worked as a stringer for UPI and wrote a national weekly environmental feature for the Miami Bureau in 1992. He served as a consultant to National Geographic on a cover story about the Gulf of Mexico, and to CNN on a number of regional features.
From 1986 to 1989, while running his own business in Birmingham, a news stand, book store and coffee shop, Wilson worked as a free-lance writer for UPI, Southern Magazine, Alabama Magazine and Business Alabama Monthly.
In 1985 and 1986, Wilson worked as a staff writer for The Decatur Daily covering politics in the Tennessee Valley.
In 1984 and 1985, Wilson was a staff writer and photographer for Gulf Coast Newspapers covering politics and the judicial system.
From 1981 through 1983, while working on a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama, Wilson worked as a staff writer for The Crimson White covering politics and education for the campus daily newspaper.
In 1980, while working on an Associate in Science degree, Wilson was instrumental in launching a new newspaper at Jefferson State Community College called The Pioneer where he served as editor. It is still being published to this day.
From 2000 to 2002, Wilson was a full-time, tenure-track instructor for three courses per semester and adviser to 50 students in the Department of Communications at Loyola University New Orleans. In addition to conducting academic research, he taught courses in the history of communications, basic reporting, feature writing and interpretive reporting.
From 1996 to 2000, while working on a Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Wilson was the instructor of record for at least one undergraduate course per semester, including Communication Research Methods, Writing for the Mass Media, Editing and Environmental Reporting.
From 1995 to 1996, Wilson was hired on a one-year contract to teach journalism and communication courses at Georgia College and State University in the Department of English, Speech and Journalism. He was the professor of record for three journalism courses per quarter, including Introduction to Journalism and Mass Communication, News Writing and Reporting, Editing, Public Affairs Reporting, Editorial Writing and Feature Writing as well as Advertising and Public Relations.
From 1993 to 1995, while working on a Master’s degree in Communications at the University of Alabama in the College of Communication, Wilson worked as a Graduate Teaching Associate teaching one or two courses per semester, including News Writing and Reporting and Writing for the Mass Media. He also worked in the public opinion lab in the Institute for Communication Research as a writer/researcher for a Public Television documentary on the history, science and controversies surrounding the Southeastern forest for the show “Discovering Alabama.”
From 1996 to 2002, Wilson was a doctoral candidate in Communications at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While he passed all the course work and comprehensive exams with a Grade Point Average of 3.75 and completed a dissertation while teaching at Loyola, Wilson never defended the dissertation and never completed the final step to receive the Ph.D. In the era when the conservative Republicans decided they didn’t want to grant tenure to so-called “liberal professors,” he decided he would rather be a journalist than a research academic. In 2001, while teaching at Loyola, Wilson also served as a Fellow with the Institute of Environmental Communications.
In 1995, Wilson was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Alabama with a final GPA of 3.67.
In 1989, Wilson received certification at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health for covering, “Public Health and the Media: Reporting Epidemiological Research.”
In 1986, Wilson was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree by the University of Alabama’s College of Communication where he majored in Journalism and minored in Political Science. His final GPA was 3.14 out of 4.
In 1981, Wilson was awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree in Mass Communication from Jefferson State Community College with a GPA of 3.10. From 1979 to 1981, Wilson also served as a Senator in the Student Government Association, editor of a campus newspaper and earned a place in Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges. He was also a nominee for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
AWARDS AND HONORS
In 1993, Wilson won the first place In-Depth News award in the Alabama Press Association’s large weekly division for a story on the economic and environmental effects of electromagnetic pulses and the Navy’s EMPRESS II nuclear simulation testing program. [It was mothballed and put in dry dock after the U.S. Senate eliminated a $78 million line item in the Defense budget.]
In 1992, Wilson was awarded a grant and served as a fellow with the national Fund For Investigative Journalism for an investigative story on then-Governor Guy Hunt. He was the first Alabama governor ever removed from office for abusing his position for personal gain. The work was cited in David Burnham’s book Above the Law: Secret Deals, Political Fixes and Other Misadventures of the U.S. Department of Justice, Scribner, 1996.
In 1991, Wilson won an Alabama Press Association award for an investigative series on the cholera outbreak in Mobile Bay as part of an international cholera epidemic.
In 1990, Wilson was awarded a grant and fellowship by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was chosen as one of the top 10 science and environmental writers in the nation working for newspapers with circulations of less than 100,000 and attended the AAAS International Conference in New Orleans.
In 1989, Wilson shared the first place Alabama Press Association award for best graphic with a news story on “Life of garbage in the sea.”
In 1984, Wilson won the Alabama Press Association’s Spot News Award for an exclusive world-wide breaking story on the dramatic recovery of baby Akil, kidnapped in Mobile and recovered by authorities in Brighten, England. He also broke the story in The Birmingham News.
From 2000 to 2002, Wilson was a member of the New Orleans Press Club.
From 1998 to 2000, Wilson served on the Knoxville Writer’s Guild Board of Directors.
From 1995 to 2002, Wilson was a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in the Newspaper and Magazine divisions and the Science Communication interest group.
In 1990, Wilson served as a charter member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He was a member until 1993, then again from 1998-2002.
Since 1986, Wilson has served on and off as a member of the University of Alabama’s Capstone Communication Society.
Dr. Ed Mullins, University of Alabama College of Communication, former Dean and Journalism Department Chair, P.O. Box 870172, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0172; firstname.lastname@example.org; (205) 348-7155
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David Underhill, Associate Editor, New American Journal, Mobile, Alabama, firstname.lastname@example.org, 251.599.8699
Last Updated August 27, 2015
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