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Olivia Paschal

Staff Reporter

Olivia is a staff reporter with Facing South whose work focuses on democracy, money in politics, the census, and agriculture. She previously worked at The Atlantic and was a Facing South intern in the summer of 2017. Her reporting has also appeared in Scalawag, Southerly, and Civil Eats, among other outlets. Olivia holds a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University. 

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Articles by Olivia

VOICES: 'In this crisis, we're going to figure out who we are'

February 21, 2020 - Jim Wallis, a theologian and founder of the progressive Christian community Sojourners, recently spoke in North Carolina on the topic of "Reclaiming Jesus." Facing South caught up with him to discuss the current political moment, the Christian church's racial divide, and how the nation's changing demographics are also changing religion.

Fixing the unfairness of prison gerrymandering

November 20, 2019 - In the U.S. census count set for next year, many states in the South will continue to count prisoners as residents of the district where the prison is located rather than in their home communities — a practice that distorts representative democracy. But efforts are underway in some states to change how prisoners are counted.