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

The Costs of War

February 18, 2005 - Now online: this week's edition of the email newsletter Facing South, featuring news around the region; columnist Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on "tort reform;" and the always-popular Institute Index:

Caution: War Profiteers at Work

February 17, 2005 - Tuesday's accusations by ex-employees of Custer Battles, an upstart Virginia company hired to do "security" work in Iraq, have been getting some media play, but not enough. From MSNBC news:

Gamblin' Man

February 16, 2005 - Josh Marshall comments this morning on the way that Bush seems a bit reluctant to disclose details about his Social Security plan:

You Think Education is Expensive ...

February 16, 2005 - Bad news from Alabama today: "Alabama's public high school graduation rate has declined substantially from 1991 to 2002 while the national rate has remained flat, a new study says. Alabama ranked 47th among states in graduation rates for the class of 2002, the latest year the study was conducted by the Manhattan Institute."

A "New Republican"

February 14, 2005 - At the moment, it would seem the Republicans are in pretty strong shape nationally, controlling the three branches of government and all.