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Pulitzer-winning journalist, author joins Southern Miss College of Arts and Letters PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, August 20, 2009
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Writer: Chris Campbell

Jed Horne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and award-winning author of a book about Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans, will serve as a visiting distinguished lecturer in the University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters during the 2009-10 academic year.

Horne is the former metro editor of The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, where he oversaw the newspaper’s Pulitzer-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina.  He later published “Breach of Faith:  Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City,” named Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and one of six works of nonfiction nominated nationally for the 2007 Helen Bernstein Award.

A graduate of Harvard University, Horne will spend the fall semester in Hattiesburg, teaching seminars to undergraduate and graduate students on literary journalism and non-fiction writing offered through the Department of English and the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. He’ll spend the spring semester teaching the same seminars on the Gulf Coast campus. 

He will offer an interdisciplinary seminar during the January mini-session examining the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast from a variety of perspectives.

“Mr. Horne brings a wealth of talent and experience to the college,” said Denise von Herrmann, dean of the College of Arts and Letters.  “We’re pleased to have him join us for the academic year. What a great opportunity for our students.”

Horne served as metro editor, city editor and foreign correspondent at The Times-Picayune from 1994 to 2007, when he retired to work on book projects. Before his career at The Times-Picayune, Horne worked in the “alternative press” at the Boston Phoenix and The Real Paper, legendary alternative weeklies in Boston.  He later worked as an editor for several magazines owned by Time Inc.

He is also the author of “Desire Street, a True Story of Death and Deliverance in New Orleans,” which was a close study of a death-row case that had come to his attention as city editor.  "Desire Street" carried readers deep into the subterranean depths of New Orleans crime culture to examine a case declared by the U.S. Supreme Court to involve prosecutorial misconduct.

Singled out for high praise on the front cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review, "Breach of Faith" was declared the best of the Katrina books by National Public Radio. Its publication led to numerous guest appearances for the author on radio and television shows, including the Tavis Smiley Show, Terry Gross’s “Fresh Air,” the “Charlie Rose Show,” Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now!” show (both radio and television versions) , repeat visits on Al Franken’s “Air America,” "The Rachel Maddow Show" and numerous panel discussions in and around New Orleans as well as at universities and book fairs from Texas to Florida to California to New York City.

Jed Horne

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