Johnny Norris — Editor-in-chief and publisher. Johnny is a plaintiff lawyer, a writer, and a political commentator. Originally from Childersburg, Alabama, Johnny is that rare creature of the deep south: A home-grown liberal. Johnny went to Talladega High School, Birmingham-Southern College (degree in political science), and the University of Alabama School of Law. He is a partner in the law firm Davis & Norris LLP. Johnny and his wife Missy live in Homewood, Alabama, with two poodles, one dog, two cats, and uncountable fish.
Joey Kennedy — Featured contributor. Joey won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for editorial writing while working for the Birmingham News. A veteran journalist with over four decades of experience, Joey and his wife Veronica — who is another Blue Southerner contributor– also are fierce advocates for the rights of animals, particular companion animals. Their website is Animal Advocates of Alabama. Joey also writes for Alabama Political Reporter and B-Metro magazine. He teaches literature and writing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Joey and Veronica live in Birmingham’s Southside with a a grumble of pugs, along with assorted other dogs and cats.
Veronica Kennedy — Featured contributor. Veronica is a native of Anniston and a lifelong resident of Alabama. An award-winning journalist, she and her husband, Joey Kennedy — another Blue Southerner journalist — are animal rescue activists and lovers of pugs. They are the founders of Animal Advocates of Alabama.
Nancy Kay Wilstach — Contributor. Ms. Wilstach spent the last 25 of her working years covering Shelby County, Alabama, courts, politics and government for The Birmingham News. Born in Indiana, she began college at Indiana University, but dropped out and joined the Navy. After the Navy she worked in newspapers in South Carolina, Indiana, Florida and Alabama. While in Montgomery she returned to college part-time at Alabama State University in 1976 and learned a great deal just from being the only white person in any of her classes. She returned to college once again after moving to Shelby County, finally managing to graduate with a degree in business administration in 1984. She and her husband, author and retired newspaperman Bill Plott, live in Montevallo where they are rearing their 6-year-old grandson. Ms. Wilstach is a charter member of the Shelby County Branch of the NAACP and a card-carrying member of the ACLU.