John Archibald (born April 5, 1963 in Alabaster) is a columnist for the Alabama Media Group, writing three columns per week on Birmingham issues for the Birmingham News and AL.com and exploring "human rights issues and reader engagement," as part of the company's "Reckon" multimedia feature.
Archibald is the son of Methodist minister Robert Archibald Jr. His family moved to Birmingham from Decatur while John was in grade school. He is a graduate of Banks High School, and completed a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Alabama in 1986. During one summer he worked as a stagehand and stunt performer at the Circus World theme park in Orlando, Florida.
Archibald began working for the News in the 1980s. He has been a government reporter, investigative reporter and database editor for the paper before being assigned his current column in 2004.
- Archibald, John (July 7, 2009) "I died for Michael Jackson, but he was bored." The Birmingham News
- Sims, Bob (April 16, 2018) "AL.com's John Archibald wins 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary." The Birmingham News