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

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.

Sago Mine report delayed as families protest findings

December 12, 2006 - A report by West Virginia investigators into the cause of the blast that killed 12 miners at the Sago Mine in January was supposed to be released today, but that release has been delayed after victims' relatives expressed dissatisfaction with the reports findings, CNN reports:

Jefferson re-elected ... with the help of the bumbling feds

December 12, 2006 - The 16 percent of eligible voters who bothered to cast ballots in yesterday's congressional runoff election in the New Orleans area sent Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) back to Washington for a ninth term, handing the ethically challenged politician a decisive 57 percent of the vote in his race against attorney and state Rep.

Close MRGO, environmental experts urge

December 8, 2006 - Saying the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet has destroyed large parts of Louisiana's coastline and contributed to the devastating damage New Orleans suffered during Hurricane Katrina, a coalition of environmental scholars and advocates this week released a report calling for the shipping canal's closure.