INAUGURAL OVERBY FELLOW
Curtis Wilkie, nationally known journalist and author, is the inaugural fellow of the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. He has held the position since the Center opened in 2007.
His work as political writer for the Boston Globe has been recognized around the world. Wilkie is a native of Greenville, Miss., and graduated from Ole Miss in 1963. He joined the Ole Miss Journalism faculty in 2002.
“Curtis is synonymous with Southern journalism and politics,” said Charles L. Overby, chairman of the Freedom Forum, which funded the building and beginning operations of the Overby Center with a $5 million grant. “If you said those words to leading journalists in the country, they would mention Curtis’ name immediately. He is one of the great assets on the Ole Miss campus.”
Wilkie was a reporter at The Clarksdale Press Register from 1963 to 1969, a time when the civil rights movement was at its height. While at The Boston Globe for 26 years, he served as national and foreign correspondent. He covered seven presidential campaigns for the Globe and served as White House correspondent 1977-82. He established and headed the Globe’s Middle East bureau and lived in Jerusalem from 1984 to 1987. He covered numerous wars and conflict in the Middle East. He is a frequent contributor to national magazines and has written or co-written five books.
SENIOR OVERBY FELLOW
Veteran journalist Greg Brock, whose 43-year-career included positions at some of the country’s largest and most respected newspapers, is a senior fellow at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi.
Brock retired in 2017 from The New York Times, where he worked for 20 years in a number of leadership capacities. He was senior editor for standards, news editor of The Times Washington bureau, news editor on the international desk and deputy political editor for the 1996 presidential campaign.
“Greg Brock has had a career filled with accomplishments,” Overby said. “He will bring his insights and experience to Ole Miss in a way that will benefit students and all who come in contact with the Overby Center.”
Before joining The Times, Brock spent almost a decade at the Washington Post, where he had several editing positions, including night city editor and a news editor for the front page. He began his career in Florida at the Palm Beach Post and later worked at the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer and the San Francisco Examiner.
Brock was a 1994 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and later served on the foundation’s advisory board for 10 years.
A native of Crystal Springs, Miss., Brock graduated from Ole Miss in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. While at Ole Miss, he was managing editor of the Daily Mississippian, president of the student chapter of the Society of Journalists and was named the outstanding graduate in journalism.
In 2012 the School of Journalism and New Media at Ole Miss awarded him the Sam Talbert Silver Em Award, given to a Mississippi-connected journalist whose career has exhibited “the highest tenets of honorable, public service journalism, inside or outside the state.”
SENIOR OVERBY FELLOW
Terry Mattingly (tmatt.net) writes the nationally syndicated “On Religion” column for the Universal Uclick Syndicate and is a Senior Fellow at the Overby Center at the University of Mississippi. For 20 years he was the leader of the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Mattingly’s father was a pastor and his mother a language arts teacher. Thus, it’s no surprise that Mattingly is a journalist and teacher who focuses on religion and that he continues to study both writing and religion. He double-majored in journalism and history at Baylor University and then earned an M.A. at Baylor in Church-State Studies and an M.S. in communications at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Mattingly has worked as a reporter and religion columnist at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and the Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte News. In 1991, Mattingly began teaching at Denver Seminary. While teaching, he has – for three decades – continued writing his weekly “On Religion” column, sent to about 300 newsrooms in North America. He is the founder and editor of GetReligion.org, a weblog that -- since 2004 -- has critiqued the good and the bad in mainstream coverage of religion news.
In addition to his online duties, Mattingly has lectured at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass., the Torreys Honors Program at Biola University, the School of Journalism at the University of Nebraska, Baylor University, the University of Mississippi, Brigham Young University, Yeshiva University in New York City and in many other academic settings across the nation and around the world.
Mattingly is a prodigal Texan who has never met a mountain that he did not love. He is a music fanatic whose interests range from Celtic guitar (12-fret guitars, especially) to Russian chant. His wife, Debra Bridges Mattingly, is a public librarian. They have two grown children, Sarah Jeanne Wagner, and Frye Lewis Mattingly. The Mattinglys are members of St. Anne's Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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