About Facing South

Facing South is the online magazine and weekly email update of the Institute for Southern Studies, featuring investigative reporting and in-depth analysis of trends across the South. Facing South has earned a national reputation for exposing abuses of power, holding powerful interests accountable, and elevating the voices of everyday people working for change in the South.

Facing South was launched as an email newsletter in 2000 by the Institute for Southern Studies, a research, media, and education center based in Durham, North Carolina. From 1973 to 2010, the Institute published the award-winning print journal Southern Exposure.

Honors and Awards

The Institute’s public-interest media programs have won many prestigious awards, including two George Polk Awards, a National Magazine Award, and honors from the National Press Club, N.C. Press Association and White House Correspondents’ Association.


Facing South publishes under a Creative Commons license that allows free reprints/re-posts of our work as long as there is a link back to the original story. Our articles may not be altered in any way except to correct date references.


Chris Kromm, director and publisher
Sue Sturgis, editorial director
Elisha Brown, staff writer
Makaelah Walters, Julian Bond Fellow
Rebekah Barber, research associate
Benjamin Barber, researcher/writer
Olivia Paschal, archives editor

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