August 2005-Present – Teach journalism on an adjunct basis at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville: news writing, feature writing, public affairs reporting, magazine writing. All classes include a web-publishing component.

June 2003-July 2005 – Graduate teaching assistant/associate at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville while working on Master of Science degree in Communication/Journalism, teaching news writing, reporting, magazine writing.

August 1996-May 2002 – Taught journalism on an adjunct basis at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville: news writing, feature writing, magazine writing.

January 1994-Present – Freelance writer/editor/photographer: stringer in Tennessee for The New York Times, with most recently bylined stories in the sports section and the arts section; contributor to The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Spirit (in-flight magazine of Southwest Airlines), People,, other publications.

February 1990-December 1993 – Writer/editor, features department, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, primarily for daily and Sunday feature sections and food and travel sections. Created and was responsible for assigning and editing entire contents of two special Sunday magazines in 1991. Regularly reviewed books, specializing in literary travel, photography, Southern fiction.

January and February 1990 – Consultant for the start-up of an editorial automobile section for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

May 1987-October 1989 – Executive Editor, Atlanta Magazine. Responsible for the front of the magazine, called Insider; back of the magazine, called Modern Life; plus approximately half of the features and columns each month. Also wrote, over the name Wayward Boye III, most of the magazine’s editorials, and was responsible for periodic books column.

June 1965-May 1987 – Various writing and editing positions, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Kansas City Star, D Magazine (Dallas), The Dallas Times Herald, The Louisville Times, The Charlotte Observer, The Miami Herald, and The Knoxville Journal, where I began my career while an undergraduate. (Details on request).

Earlier – Camp counselor, bread salesman, house painter, farmhand, professional Santa Claus, carnival worker.

Master of Science degree in Communication/Journalism from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, spring 2007; Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Knoxville public schools; summertime postgraduate courses at the Louisville, Ky., School of Art.

Named Outstanding Master’s Student in College of Communication and Information at University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2003 and again in 2004.

Atlanta Magazine staff writer Emma Edmunds won a 1989 National Press Club Headliner award for magazine writing for a body of work. I was the primary editor on most of that work.

Atlanta Magazine story, Surviving High School, by Tom Junod and Melissa Harris, in 1988 won the national Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award and was a finalist for the Public Service National Magazine Award. As executive editor, I had a hand in the
story’s conception and execution.

Served as a judge in the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project for 1984, the only non-novelist among four judges.

STAR magazine (Kansas City Star) staff writer James Kindall was winner of American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for best non-deadline writing in 1983 for work done while I was his editor.

Westward (Dallas Times Herald) won several national and statewide writing and design honors, and received the National Press Club’s Headliner award as the best Sunday magazine in the country for 1980, while I was second-in-command.

A story for which I was responsible while at D Magazine (Death of a Poet by Michael Berryhill) won the Stanley Walker Award from the Texas Institute of Arts and Letters.

Six of my photographs are in the United Nations Archives in Geneva and another was exhibited at an international show in Cholet, France in 1979. In 1999 the Susan Key Gallery in Knoxville held a one-man show of my photographs.

Writers I have worked with include: Garrison Keiller, Cormac McCarthy, Edward Hoagland, Tom Junod, James Kindall, Susan Stewart, Roy Blount Jr., Susan Faludi, Florence King, C.W. Smith, and David Madden. Photographers, designers and illustrators I’ve worked with include: Fred Woodward, Skeeter Hagler, James Noel Smith, Mike Smith, Michael Maurer, Jay Dickman, Elwood Smith, Alan Cober, Marshall Arisman, Dagmar Frinta, Vivian Fleischer, Jan Bryza, C.F. Payne, and Santa Choplin.

Held a two-year appointment as Visiting Scholar in the University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information, 1997-1999.

Conducted exit polls for Voter News Service in 1996, 1998 and 2000 elections.

Cartoons, in collaboration with illustrator James Noel Smith, published in April 1988 Southern Magazine.

Have traveled extensively: Europe several times, the Soviet Union (in 1977), Chile, Australia, Israel, Mexico, the Caribbean. Personal website is

Dr. Paul Ashdown
Journalism and Electronic Media
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
333 Communications Building
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0333
Telephone: 865-974-5106

Michael Larkin
Deputy Managing Editor (retired)
The Boston Globe
39 Martin Road
Milton, Massachusetts 02186-4419
Telephone: 617-698-5685

Edgar Miller
Associated Press, United Press International, The Chattanooga Times (retired)
3636 Taliluna Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
Telephone: 865-521-6835

216 Sarvis Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920
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