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Jim Nesbitt

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For more than 30 years, Jim Nesbitt was a roving correspondent for newspapers and wire services in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. He chased hurricanes, earthquakes, plane wrecks, presidential candidates, wildfires, rodeo cowboys, ranchers, miners, loggers, farmers, migrant field hands, doctors, neo-Nazis and nuns with an eye for the telling detail and an ear for the voice of the people who give life to a story. He is a lapsed horseman, pilot, hunter and saloon sport with a keen appreciation for old guns, vintage trucks and tractors, good cigars, aged whiskey and a well-told story. He now lives in Athens, Alabama.

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Jim Nesbitt Oh, jeez -- this brings back a memory from a job interview I once had. I knew the background of the editor asking me this question and how he'd never…moreOh, jeez -- this brings back a memory from a job interview I once had. I knew the background of the editor asking me this question and how he'd never risen above being a suburban bureau chief. So, when I rattled off a few examples -- presidential campaign coverage (in and out, not full time), Senate and gubernatorial campaign profiles (including Jim Hunt versus Jesse Helms), airline crashes, hurricanes, high-profile murders and dragnets, etc -- I saw his jaw tighten and his lips purse. Didn't get the job. In three decades, I covered everything except a war. But my favorite stories were trend pieces on issues like grazing and logging rights on public lands out West, the rise of legalized gambling across the U.S., the militia and Christian patriot movement, the digital divide between rural and urban America and anything to do with the border between the U.S. and Mexico, including immigration policy. I was fortunate to work for outfits that would send me to where the action on these issues was the hottest.(less)
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