I am 49, tall and tending to overweight. I was born in Mobile and have spent most of my life here. I graduated high school from St. Paul's Episcopal School; and college, in 1984, from Washington & Lee University in Virginia. There I made average grades and majored in American History. I was lazy as the day is long and doomed to mediocrity until circumstances delivered me into journalism, where I found motivation.
After a stint at the Big Spring Herald in West Texas, I moved back to Mobile and in 1988 began what was to become almost 20 years at my hometown newspaper, now called the Press-Register. I wrote sports until moving to news in 1994. I soon gravitated to investigative-type reporting. I spent most of my time working on investigative stories, primarily regarding politics and the courts, until 2007, when for all practical purposes I left the paper to write this book.
My wife Jana is from Bratislava, Slovakia. We have two children -- Jerry, who is 17, and Eva, who is 11.