Chris Kromm

Executive Director and Publisher

Chris joined the staff of the Institute in 1997. From 1997 to 2000, he was the editor of Southern Exposure magazine, the Institute's award-winning journal of politics and culture. He was appointed executive director in 2000. He is also publisher of Facing South, the Institute's online magazine.

A frequently-sought commentator on Southern politics and current issues, Chris has appeared on over 300 TV and radio broadcasts including American Public Media's "Marketplace," CNN "Live," C-SPAN, Democracy Now, KCRW California's "To the Point," Mississippi Public Radio, MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes," NPR's "All Things Considered," Pacifica Radio, WUNC North Carolina's "The State of Things" and XM Satellite Radio. Kromm's writing has appeared in The Herald-Sun, The Hill, The Huffington Post, The Independent Weekly, The Nation, The News & Observer, Salon and other publications.

Chris is the author or co-author of more than 60 Institute reports on topics ranging from the changing demographic and political landscape in the South to money in politics, labor, voting rights and disaster recovery in the Gulf Coast. Kromm's reports have been covered in more than 350 media outlets, including ABC News, Associated Press, BBC World, Bloomberg News, CNN News, NPR, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post and USA Today.

Under Chris' leadership, the Institute and its media programs have been recognized with several prestigious honors and awards, including the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting, a North Carolina Justice Center Defenders of Justice Award for Policy Research and Advocacy, a Harry Chapin Media Award for coverage of poverty issues, an Investigative Reporting award from the North Carolina Press Association, and honors from the National Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, and the White House Correspondents' Association.

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Articles by Chris

Edwards Takes Lead on Right to Organize

April 20, 2005 - In case you're not on his email list, here's an excerpt of a message former Senator and VP candidate John Edwards sent me (and millions of others) yesterday via his new One America Committee, announcing his leadership in pushing the Employee Free Choice Act to protect a worker's right to organize:

Disaster Capitalism

April 18, 2005 - Our friend Naomi Klein has an excellent piece in the latest Nation magazine, about the administration's little-noticed move to create an Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. As Klein reports:

Battle Sharpens Over College for Immigrant Kids

April 18, 2005 - One of the sharpest political debates erupting in statehouses this year -- and a key battle between progressive and anti-immigrant forces nationwide -- is over proposals to give the children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.

Behind the Wal-Mart Campaign in Maryland

April 16, 2005 - Katrina vanden Heuvel at The Nation has a post up today about the recent victory in the Maryland General Assembly, which passed legislation requiring companies with 10,000 or more employees to spend at least 8% of their payroll on health benefits for workers.

Which Side Are They On?

April 15, 2005 - The Left Coaster provides an inventory of the 31 House Democrats who, over the last two days, voted to both repeal the Estate Tax and in support of the finance industry-sponsored Bankruptcy Bill.

What's Right About Taxes

April 15, 2005 - For those despairing about the growing injustices in our tax code -- and threats of more on the way -- our friend Max Sawicky of the Economic Policy Institute has