Bill Shipp is a noted political journalist known for his sharp commentary. One of the 1953 editors of The Red and Black who resigned in protest of the infringement on their right to free speech, Shipp made a name for himself throughout his career by sparing neither Democrat nor Republican from scrutiny in his column. Shipp was a longtime correspondent for the Atlanta Constitution, covering the Civil Rights movement, numerous political campaigns, and breaking stories all over the world. In 1987, he resigned as political editor to start his own media company that produced Bill Shipp’s Georgia, a weekly newsletter that ultimately became a political blog. Shipp also served as a regular panelist on The Georgia Gang, a weekly televised roundtable discussion of current events.
Roy Blount, Jr. is an author and humorist who currently serves as a regular panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me. Among his many notable accomplishments, he is ex-president of the Authors Guild, a member of PEN and the Fellowship of Southern Authors, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary, and an original member of the Rock Bottom Remainders, the all-star band featuring Dave Barry, Stephen King, and other notable authors. Blount comes from Decatur, Georgia and currently divides his time between western Massachusetts, New York City and New Orleans. The author of 26 books, Blount is also a regular contributor to Garden and Gun magazine and his essays, articles, verses and even drawings have appeared in 171 different periodicals.
Auditorium, Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries10:00 a.m.Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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