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

EPA library closures spark protest

December 4, 2006 - The Environmental Protection Agency has begun closing some of its scientific libraries, effectively preventing scientists and the public from accessing essential information on toxic pollution, according to an action alert from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The battle over New Orleans housing intensifies

December 1, 2006 - Grassroots efforts to address the Gulf Coast's housing crisis are growing just as a federal judge has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to resume rental aid to Gulf Coast residents displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Leaving New Orleans

November 29, 2006 - As many as a third of the people now living in the New Orleans area say they may leave within the next two years due to poor quality of life in the storm-stricken city.