Defend democracy in the South.

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

Deepening climate crisis will hit the South hard

February 6, 2007 - Global warming is happening. It's caused by human activity, particularly the burning of fossil fuels. And its consequences are severe and unavoidable. At this point, the best humankind can hope for is to stave off the worst-case scenario while preparing for the changes already underway.

First in torture flight?

February 1, 2007 - As the place where the Wright brothers made their historic take-off, North Carolina likes to brag that it's "First in Flight." But the state's ongoing involvement in the CIA's torture taxi service puts it first in flight of a most cruel and unlawful sort.

Gulf Watch: Docs and pols hit the Big Easy

January 30, 2007 - We don't usually think of New Orleans as a remote place. After all, it's one of the world's most visited cities, a renowned center of art, culture, music, cuisine. How a natural disaster -- compounded by official neglect -- can change things.

Gulf Watch: N.O. housing activists seek HUD investigation

January 26, 2007 - The residents of Survivors' Village -- a tent city erected in New Orleans last year to protest plans to tear down virtually undamaged public housing complexes despite a severe affordable housing crisis -- are calling on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Inspector General to investigate the proposed demolition.