Our mission:

Through journalism and storytelling, Scalawag works in solidarity with oppressed communities in the South to disrupt and shift the narratives that keep power and wealth in the hands of the few. Collectively, we pursue a more liberated South. 

Our values:

  • Liberation rooted in self-determination and solidarity.
  • Radical imagination and creativity.
  • Moving with care and curiosity.
  • Abundance in community.

Our theory of change:

  • Right relation: We are in a generative, reciprocal relationship with community, organizers, and movements.
  • Community-driven reporting: Our reporting and storytelling are informed and driven by the needs of our community including our partners. Our community trusts us to share their stories and as a source of information because of the relationships we've built with them.
  • Outcomes: Storytelling or reporting leads to policy changes, support to movement work, narrative shift, increased solidarity and connection, the nourishing of radical imagination, and the creation of pathways to careers in journalism, literature, and the arts for people who have not traditionally had access.
  • Impact: Repeated outcomes from Scalawag and other reporting media makers in conjunction with the work of movements leads to transformational change.

Our team:

Alysia Nicole Harris — Arts & Soul Editor

Alysia is a performance artist, poet, and linguist from Virginia, and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Yale University. She also manages our arts coverage. Religion, travel, and poetry make her heart flutter. Originally part of Scalawag's Atlanta crew, Alysia currently lives and works in Corsicana, Texas.

Cierra Hinton — Executive Director-Publisher

Cierra has an undying love and passion for the complicated South, which she brings to her work at Scalawag where she oversees our operations. Cierra has found community across the South—from Tennessee to Mississippi—but currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.

Katherine Webb-Hehn — State Politics Editor

Katherine is a mama, multimedia journalist, and artist. She first joined the Scalawag team as a statehouse reporter, and now works with contributors across the South on all of our political coverage. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ko Bragg — Race & Place Editor

Ko is a reporter and editor with a focus on justice and the criminal-legal system in the Deep South. Ko is based in New Orleans, where she is always on the hunt for oysters, but will always consider Mississippi home.

Lovey Cooper — Managing Editor

Lovey is Scalawag's full-time multi-hyphenate, managing our words, writers, and website—and writing This Week in the South. Lovey lives in Durham, North Carolina, near her rural upbringings in Orange County.

Saif Wideman — Visual Editor

Saif is a Southern, Black, gay, and trans Muslim artist, graphic designer, animator, and comics geek. He creates the illustrations that bring our stories to life. He seeks to create work that incites rebelliousness, mischief, collective care, and Black joy. Saif hails from Durham, North Carolina.

Sarah Glen — Audience Manager

Sarah Glen is a journalist who loves community building, product strategy, and helping people. She grew up in North Carolina, spent five years in Brooklyn, and now lives in Austin, Texas—where she's probably sipping a cold brew on the porch and thinking about her to-read list. Slide into our dms (or reply to our newsletters) to tell Sarah what you're reading, thinking and talking about.

Virginia Walcott — Visual Editor

Virginia is an artist, designer, and filmmaker from the Gulf Coast of Alabama. She makes infographics, story art, social content, and event visuals while working on Scalawag's overall look and feel. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and lived in D.C. for a few years before switching swamps and moving down to New Orleans.

Xander Peters — Contributing Writer

Xander is a reformed redneck and contributing writer at Scalawag, where he curates our Gulf Coast foodways and environment newsletter Salt, Soil, & Supper. When he's not wrangling words, he's often tending to his garden in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward.

Keep in touch:

Mail inquiries and donations to:
PO Box 129
Durham, NC 27702

Email general questions to: team@scalawagmagazine.org

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Latest Scalawag updates:

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Virtual Event: Join Scalawag for Realizing Abolition

Virtual event, Wednesday, June 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern

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In the wake of white supremacist violence, what we actually need is solidarity and multicultural coalition building.

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We practice Black history by telling our stories—how we eat, how we take care of our health, why our decisions must be collective—so that we might believe, as our ancestors did, that other worlds are not just possible, but necessary.