Lorraine Ahearn is senior editorial assistant at American Journalism.
She’s also a Ph.D. candidate and a Roy H. Park Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Ahearn was a longtime state political reporter in North Carolina for the News & Record, was four times selected the state’s top metro columnist among large dailies and worked as a radio commentator on the NPR affiliate at Wake Forest University.
She is a recipient of the national Casey Medal for Distinguished Commentary on Children and Families, the Associated Press Mark Twain Award for Investigative Reporting and the Gavel Award from the Maryland Bar Association for her coverage of the judicial system.
A native of New York, she has taught writing on the faculty at Guilford College and taught journalism at UNC-Greensboro, where she is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with degrees in English, French and Liberal Studies. In 2009, she founded Cold Type Press publishing company in Greensboro, NC, where she lives with her husband and two children.