Sue Sturgis

Editorial Director

Sue joined the Institute in November 2005 as director of Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch, a project to document and investigate the post-Katrina recovery. A former staff writer for The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Independent Weekly in Durham, North Carolina, Sue directs and writes for the Institute's online magazine, Facing South, with a focus on energy and environmental issues. She was the first journalist to be awarded the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters' Catalyst Award for her commitment to educating the public about important environmental issues.

Sue has authored or co-authored numerous Institute reports, including "Life After BP" (2011), "Faith in the Gulf" (2008), "Hurricane Katrina and the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement" (2008) and "Blueprint for Gulf Renewal" (2007). Her work has also appeared in other publications including The American Prospect, The Progressive, and Salon. Sue holds a master's degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor's in social work from Penn State.

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Articles by Sue

EPA sued over air pollution standards

December 19, 2006 - A coalition of public health and environmental groups filed suit last week against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to toughen the national standard for particulate matter pollution to a level that could prevent thousands of premature deaths every year.

Fight anti-Southern bigotry -- support the Institute

December 18, 2006 - Thirteen years ago this month, I was in New York City finishing journalism graduate school and wrapping up an internship at an alternative news weekly when I made a decision that some of my classmates and colleagues found shocking. I was moving to the South.

Smithfield chairman nominated for 'Grinch of the Year' award

December 15, 2006 - Jobs with Justice's sixth annual online "Grinch of the Year" contest is underway, and one of the companies nominated for the dubious distinction -- designed to recognize the national figure who did the most harm to working families in the past year -- is Joseph Luter III, chairman of

Mortgage woes linger in states hit hard by Katrina

December 14, 2006 - The number of U.S. homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments is climbing, and the delinquency problem is especially severe in storm-ravaged Mississippi and Louisiana, where many people face the threat of losing the roof over their head from a disaster of a different kind.