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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

Fair-trade concerns shape elections, analysis finds

November 17, 2006 - If organized labor does indeed start pushing for trade agreements that better protect workers' rights, as my fellow Facing South blogger R. Neal reports, it will likely find support from an electorate that's proven to be deeply concerned about fair-trade issues.

Katrina debacle contributed to GOP loss

November 9, 2006 - The Bush administration's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina played a "very big role" in the Republican Party's losses in this week's midterm elections, according to one of the architects behind the Democrats' victory.