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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.

Alyzza May — Development Officer

Alyzza is an angelic troublemaker, moving in the lineages of cultural workers, popular educators, and community builders alike. Focuses of theirs include: Mutual aid, participatory budgeting, curating community-engaged murals, and, most recently, helping launch Freedom Fridges. Alyzza is a former member of Cakalak Thunder, and a proud Titi to two puntastic twins.

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 and big-picture plans. Cierra has found community across the South—from Tennessee to Mississippi—but currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.

Da'Shaun Harrison — Editor-at-Large

Da'Shaun is a Black, fat, queer, and trans theorist and abolitionist in Atlanta, Georgia. They are the author of Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness, and a public speaker who often gives talks and leads workshops on Blackness, queerness, gender, fatness, disabilities, and their intersections.

Katherine Webb-Hehn — Story Editor

Katherine is a multimedia journalist focused on justice in the Deep South who the first joined the Scalawag team as a statehouse reporter. At Hub City Press, she's an editor of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction titles from Southern writers. 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, wrangling our words, writers, and website. You can read her latest thoughts in our newsletter, This Week in the South. Lovey lives in Durham, North Carolina, not far from her rural childhood in Orange County.

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 let her know 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 our infographics, designs, and all the other big and small pieces that make up Scalawag's overall look and feel. Virginia 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.

Yusuf Wideman — Visual Editor

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

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