Lorraine Ahearn is a doctoral student and Roy H. Park Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she works as a research assistant and senior editorial assistant at American Journalism, the quarterly journal sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association.
Her research interest in the history of marginalized groups in the media, and the construction of race and identity through public memory, is an outgrowth of a 25-year career as an investigative reporter.
“Hers is the work of a journalist interested in reportorial discovery, and her reporting is superb.”
— Kevin Merida, The Washington Post
“Reading these columns, I was moved more times per inch of type than I’ve been in a long time.”
— Diane Bacha, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“She uses a reporter’s eyes and ears, a writer’s voice and a columnist’s heart to great effect.”
— Chip Scanlan, Poynter Institute