Rick Bragg

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Rick Bragg (born July 26, 1959 in Piedmont) won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1996 for his work at The New York Times. He credits his writing ability to the oral storytelling of family and friends in his childhood in the Appalachian foothills of Alabama. He has written two memoirs.

Bragg attended Jacksonville State University, then worked at several newspapers, including The Birmingham News, Anniston Star, Talladega Daily Home and Jacksonville News, before joining the New York Times in 1994. He covered murders and unrest in Haiti as a metro reporter, then wrote about the Oklahoma City bombing, the Jonesboro killings, the Susan Smith trial and more as a national correspondent based in Atlanta. He later became the paper's Miami bureau chief just in time for Elian Gonzalez's arrival and the international controversy surrounding the little Cuban boy.

On May 29, 2003, after serving a two-week suspension during an investigation of his writing a story based on the notes of an intern, Bragg resigned from the Times.[1]

He has received more than 50 writing awards in 20 years, including the prestigious American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award twice. In 1992, he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. He has taught writing in colleges and in newspaper newsrooms.

He now works as a writing professor at the University of Alabama's journalism program in its College of Communications and Information Sciences. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame in 2014.


  • All Over but the Shoutin'
  • Somebody Told Me: The Newspaper Stories of Rick Bragg
  • Ava's Man
  • I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story
  • The Prince of Frogtown


  • "Rick Bragg" (August 18, 2007) Wikipedia - accessed August 24, 2007
  • Flanagan, Ben (November 22, 2020) "Rick Bragg reckons with Southern nostalgia, clichés, hypocrisy and biscuits." The Birmingham News

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