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Photo by Dave Stueber
Glynn Wilson in the Big Easy
Welcome to my online porfolio, where some of my most recent reporting and best writing is available for review. I've covered the news and politics since California actor Ronald Reagan got himself elected president and George Wallace climbed his last political mountain in his fourth and final term as governor of Alabama, my native state. I've covered the news as well from Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Virginia, D.C. and Maryland, and for years specialized in covering science and environmental issues with some effect.

This winter I've been covering the federal fraud trial of deposed HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy for The New York Times. Last year, after breaking a version of the Bush AWOL story on Feb. 2, 2004, I did a stint in D.C. in the spring and summer for States News Service and free-lanced for Time magazine on the biggest story in the world at the time, the 372nd MP Company that tortured prisoners at Abu Graib.

For the previous four years, I taught journalism and free-lanced out of New Orleans for the Dallas Morning News, the Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Gambit Weekly and People magazine. Back in the early 1990s, after 10 years in the news business, I took an academic detour and taught journalism for nine years. While working on a Ph.D. in Science Communication at Tennessee in the late 1990s, in the early days of the Internet, I worked with other students to develop The Southerner magazine online. In the wake of the dot com bubble collapse, and then the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, I jumped back in the news game full-time, online. Need a pro to get the story? Give me a shout.

Most Recent Clips, 2005

HealthSouth's Richard Scrushy On Trial
Will the Real Richard Scrushy Please Step Forward
A Meeting on The Lake
Maneuvers With Numbers at HealthSouth
Ex-HealthSouth Officer Faked Numbers
Richard Scrushy Goes on Trial
The New York Times, Jan. 26-

New Orleans to Washington, 2004

UPI National Feature
Protests Line Up for Bush Inauguration
United Press International, Dec. 23, 2004

Terror Against the Press
FBI Report Questionable on Domestic Terrorists Blowing Up Media Trucks
Southerner Daily News, July 28, 2004

Court for Pollutors
Power Plants Face New Round of Air Pollution Lawsuits
The Gary (Indiana) Post Tribune, July 15, 2004

A House Vulnerable
GOP Sends Cash to Beef Up House Races
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 13, 2004

AwolBush.com
Bush boarding an F-102
Congress and Hollywood
The Hollywood Reporter, June 7-28, 2004
[E-mail me for the password to read these.]
Bipartisan Anti-Piracy Bill Gets Unanimous Senate OK
Court Overturns FCC Caps
- Alternate Free Link
Senate Bill Targets Net Piracy
Senate Votes to Jack Up Indecency Fines
Sachs Resigns as Top Cable Guy
Senate Committee OKs Satellite Bill
Family Time on The Hill
Election-Year Challenge for Nets
MPAA Creates PSAs to Stem Net Film Piracy
Movie-Filtering Legislation Could be Introduced
Clear Channel Agrees to $1.75 Million FCC Fine
Kerry Hits Media Consolidation

The Lost Year
George W. Bush in 1972 Alabama
Southerner Daily News, Feb. 2, 2004

The Big Easy, 2000-2004

Global Warming
Louisiana Marshes Face Rising Gulf
The Dallas Morning News, Jan. 2, 2004

Honeymoon Over?
Mayor Nagin's 'Honeymoon' May be Over
Failed Endorsement May Get in New Orleans Mayor's Way
The Dallas Morning News, Dec. 6, 2003

USA Domestic Politics
A New Style and Tone for Louisiana Politics
The Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 16, 2003

Photo by Spider Martin
Judge Moore compared to Wallace.
Covering Health and Science
Neuroscience Conference in New Orleans
For the Doctor's Guide to the Internet, Nov. 9-14, 2003

Terrorist Threat?
Hydrofluoric Acid Makes for 'Danger Zone' Around Plant
The Louisiana Weekly, Oct. 20, 2003

Texas & Southwest
The Deal That Made an Empire
The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2003

USA Domestic Politics
Alabama Vote Roils Alliances and Stirs Moral Quandaries
The Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 8, 2003

USA Society and Culture
Reporter Ejected from Press Conference
Ten Commandments Judge Continues Defiant Rebellion
The Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 27, 2003

USA Society and Culture
Shreveport Bishop Seeks Diversity, $5 at a Time
The Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 13, 2003
Church's Offer to Pay 'Had Definite Impact'
The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003

CHARLIE GESSELL/AP
Bishop Fred Caldwell on a mission to mix his pews, and wake up a town.
Shared Bylines
NY Times' Stringer Defends Use of Freelancers
Editor and Publisher, June 23, 2003

The Left Divided
Can the Country Stand It?
A Progressive Southerner Weblog.
Happy Hour Debate on How to Take Back the White House in 2004
Gambity Weekly, June 3, 2003

Cleaning up the French Quarter
Battle of New Orleans Pits Artists Against Psychics
The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, May 24, 2003

French-Bashing Dismissed in New Orleans
C'est Dommage: Whatever
The Dallas Morning News, March, 2, 2003

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Photo by John Hryhorchuk
Ranger Lewis and a Columbia motor
Searching for Shuttle Debris
700-Pound Rocket Engine Tracked by Radar
The Christian Science Monitor, Friday, Feb. 7, 2003
[Also worked this story for the New York Times.]

One Foot in the New South, Two in the Old
Sen. Trent Lott's Comments Dredge Up the Past
The Christian Science Monitor, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002
[Also worked this story for the New York Times.]

On the Lookout for a Serial Killer
In Louisiana, Debate Over a DNA Dragnet
The Christian Science Monitor, Friday, Feb. 21, 2003
Civil Liberties Questions Raised in Louisiana Authorities' Search
The Dallas Morning News, Friday, Jan. 3, 2003
[Also worked this story for the New York Times.]

Lessons From Lili
National Weather Service Hurricane Specialist James Franklin
Reveals How Much We Know — and Don't Know — About Hurricanes

Gambity Weekly, Oct. 15, 2002
[Also worked the hurricane story for the New York Times.]

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Photo by Spider Martin
Morris Dees at the monument
Monumental Clash Over Ten Commandments
A Trial Examines Whether a Judge's Decision to Display a
Stone Tablet at a Courthouse Violates Church-State Divide.

The Christian Science Monitor, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002
[Also worked the verdict story for the New York Times.]

National Exclusive
Giuliani Reveals Thoughts on WTC Site
UPI National Desk, Monday, August 26, 2002

New Orleans Survives Two Hurricanes in a Week
Experts Worried About Marshes
A sidebar to the main hurricane coverage for
The Dallas Morning News, Oct. 4, 2002
[Also worked this story for the New York Times.]

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Photo by Spider Martin
Burning of Chemical Arms
Puts Fear in Wind
By RICK BRAGG with GLYNN WILSON
The New York Times, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002
Alternate Link

Bayou Serial Killer
Baton Rouge Jittery Over Serial Killings
The Dallas Morning News, Friday, August 9, 2002
[Also worked this story for the New York Times.]

On the West Nile Front Line
Louisiana Town Acts to Squash Mosquitoes Carrying Virus
The Dallas Morning News, Friday, August 2, 2002
[Also worked this for the New York Times.]

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Zephyrs photo
Boudreaux
The Big Queasy
New Orleans Voodoo Wards Off 'The Big One'
The Southerner, Summer 2002
New Orleans Braces Itself for 'The Big One'
The Dallas Morning News, Thursday, July 18, 2002

Texas & Southwest
New Orleans Abuzz with Canal Street Brothel Case
The Southerner, Summer 2002
Brothel Raid May Expose Clients
The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, June 16, 2002

Texas & Southwest
What's Furry, Hungry and Wanted by the Law?
The Southerner, Summer 2002
The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, June 2, 2002

Don Quixote
By Spider Martin
Forbidden Sister City
Ending the Cuban Embargo Could be a Boon for the Southeastern Economy
The Southerner, Summer 2002

Science & Society
Louisiana Takes Fresh Approach to Save Coast
The Southerner, Summer 2002
The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, May 5, 2002

Culture Wars
Louisiana Senate Picks Prayer Fight in Cultural War
The Southerner, Summer 2002
The Dallas Morning News, Saturday, April 20, 2002

Taps for Woodpecker?
Search Team Not Sure: No Ivory-Bills Spotted Despite Sounds, Markings
The Dallas Morning News, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2002

Gennifer Flowers
Photo by Dave Stueber
Feathered Treasure
Birders Flocking to Find Whether Endangered Species is Extinct
The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002

Gennifer Flowers Letting the Good Times Roll
Clinton's Former Flame Opens Piano Bar in New Orleans
The Dallas Morning News, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002

The Home Front
Environmentalists regroup to consider their options in an increasingly
hostile climate — and put the state DEQ on the front burner.

Gambit Weekly, Monday, Oct. 8, 2001

Bayou Beholden
Roy Gaudet
Photo by Dave Stueber
Roy Gaudet, 74, Started Crawfishing When He was 9
The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, May 20, 2001

Eight is Enough
State Slacking in Enforcement of Environmental Laws
Gambit Weekly, Cover Story: May 6, 2001

Down on Their Luck
Harrah's Suffers Streak of Bad Luck in the Big Easy
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001

Texas & Southwest
Oil Spill Doesn't Stop Orange Fest Good Times
The Dallas Morning News, Dec. 2, 2001

The Tennessee Years, 1996-2000
While teaching at the University of Tennessee School of Journalism and working on a Ph.D., I still kept my hand in the journalism game. For three years we developed a mock up of the magazine of the future, a general-interest magazine online called The Southerner, as in The New Yorker of the South. The inaugural cover story is a good example of the new Net journalism.

Alternative Weekly Journalism
I also did some interesting alternative weekly journalism during this period, including this cover story for MetroPulse. It made the alternative weekly wire and the link is still up.

Singin' the Blues
I have an abiding interest in music of the South, mainly blues, jazz, and a bit of roots and bluegrass. I also started playing the drums in the '70s in rock bands, and still play from time to time at blues jams as an amateur. And I occassionally see a music feature I can't help but write. When I first heard Sara Jordon sing the blues, I knew I would write about her. May she rest in peace. This local hero spotlight features Sara Jordon: Queen of Knoxville Blues. Of course everyone didn't like the story in its entirety, although this letter writer's criticism is mostly tongue-in-cheek: Moanin' The Blues.

Up In Smoke
This is my first cover for MetroPulse, an update on the national debate over ambient air quality standards.
- Print Version.


book From Bama to Georgia Time and the Olympics of 1996
The day my Master's thesis was signed at the University of Alabama in August, 1995, I landed a job teaching journalism at Georgia College the year the Olympics came south to Atlanta. While there, David Burnham's book on the Justice Department came out, citing an investigative piece I did on former Ala. Gov. Guy Hunt. This is the book review on it for the Macon (Georgia) Telegraph,.

ABOVE THE LAW: Secret Deals, Political Fixes, and other Misadventures of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Working the News Wires Since 1986
I've worked as a stringer for UPI and other wire services on and off for years, first covering the controversial Alabama gubernatorial election in 1986. While working for a chain of papers on the Gulf Coast, I filed with the Alabama bureau in Montgomery on a regular basis until it shut down in 1991. I then worked for the Atlanta bureau, then Miami, until I returned to the University of Alabama to work on a Master's in 1993. In 1995, I picked up a few stories for the Science and Technology desk in the Washington, D.C. bureau. This nerve gas incineration story is perhaps the best installment. I still break one for UPI now and then. You never know where the news will happen.


The Beach Beat, 1989-92; 1984-85.
One of my most rewarding journalism experiences took place on the Gulf Coast between 1989 and 1992. I've scanned a few old clips from that period, well before the Internet was cool, as well as a few clips from my first year as a cub reporter in 1984. There are also a couple of columns in this old clip archive.


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