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

Southeast targeted for wildlife cutbacks

October 31, 2006 - A federal plan unveiled last week would "mothball" the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and shutter dozens of others across the Southeast, while cutting scores of wildlife refuge personnel, according to an announcement from the Wilderness Society.

Shut up and advertise

October 30, 2006 - Outspoken pop country artists the Dixie Chicks continue to stir up political controversy, with two TV networks refusing to air a commercial for a new film documenting the uproar that ensued after singer Natalie Maines spoke critically of President Bush during an overseas concert.

Fishin' for the blues

October 27, 2006 - Betcha goin' fishin' all of your time, baby's goin' fishin', too Bet your life, your sweet life, catch more fish than you Many fish bites if ya got good bait Here's a little tip I would like to relate Big fish bites if ya got a good bait I 'a goin fishin' Yes, I'm goin fishin'

Corps out of control?

October 26, 2006 - The investigation team led by the Army Corps of Engineers is crawfishing from parts of its report on levee failures during Hurricane Katrina after a crack science and engineering panel released a critical review of its work this week.

Dumping on minorities in North Carolina

October 25, 2006 - North Carolina communities with significant numbers of people of color are more than twice as likely to be located near landfills and other solid waste facilities, according to new research from UNC-Chapel Hill. It was the first study of its kind to be conducted in the state, where controversy has been building recently over the siting of such facilities.

The selling-off of New Orleans' schools

October 20, 2006 - Speaking of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, a new report looks at the state of New Orleans' public education since last year's disaster -- and raises serious concerns about efforts to privatize the system in the storm's wake.