Kyle Whitmire

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Kyle Whitmire

Kyle Edward Whitmire (born January 13, 1977 in Thomasville, Clarke County) is the state political commentator for the Alabama Media Group. He was previously a local political reporter for The Birmingham News, a columnist and new media editor for WELD for Birmingham, and political editor and author of the weekly "War on Dumb" column for the Birmingham Weekly.

Whitmire graduated from Thomasville High School. He graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2001 with a degree in English and a minor Political Science. He edited the campus newspaper, Hilltop News, and one of his reporters, Glenny Brock, later recruited him to the Weekly.

Whitmire's "War on Dumb" column (originally called "Spin Cycle") was awarded first place for best political column in 2008 and 2009 in the 55,000-and-under circulation division by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the Medill School of Journalism. The column finished in third place in 2004 and 2005.

Whitmire's reporting has been used on an ongoing basis by the New York Times. He and the Weekly parted ways after the January 28, 2010 issue of the weekly alternative newspaper. Brock left shortly thereafter. That May, Whitmire launched "The Second Front", an online news blog that also anchored WELD, a weekly alternative newspaper he co-founded with Mark Kelly. His weekly column for Weld was entitled "The Messenger Shoots Back".

Whitmire was hired away from Weld by the Alabama Media Group, content provider for the Birmingham News, shortly after a major shake-up at the newspaper. He covers politics for and resumed publishing his "War on Dumb" column in 2014. He also appears weekly on WAPI-FM and WBHM-FM to discuss local and state politics.

Whitmire received the 2019 Scripps Howard Award for his opinion columns covering, "Life, Politics and Corruption in Alabama." In 2021 he was given the first "Molly" prize for political commentary, awarded by the Texas Observer in honor of legendary columnist Molly Ivins. In 2024 he was presented with the American Bar Association's "Silver Gavel Award" for his columns on Alabama's attempts to gut the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in federal courts.


  • Brock, Glenny (June 9, 2008) "War on Dumb wins Altweekly Award." Birmingham Weekly
  • Fournier, Rosalind (December 30, 2009) "Fighting City Hall: Is Kyle Whitmire the only guy in town will to tellthe truth about local politics?" [sic] B-Metro
  • Buttram, Scott (October 1, 2012) "Alabama Media Group makes statement on Day 1." Trussville Tribune
  • Pillion, Dennis (March 3, 2020) "Alabama Media Group’s Kyle Whitmire wins national writing award." The Birmingham News
  • Pillion, Dennis (June 11, 2021) "Alabama columnist Kyle Whitmire wins Molly Ivins prize for political commentary." The Birmingham News
  • "’s Kyle Whitmire wins Pulitzer Prize in Commentary: Read the winning work." (May 8, 2023)
  • Pillion, Dennis (May 22, 2024) "’s Kyle Whitmire wins Silver Gavel for commentary from American Bar Association."