Howell Raines

Howell Raines began his journalism career in Alabama in 1964, working, respectively, for the Birmingham Post-Herald, WBRC -TV, the Tuscaloosa News, and the Birmingham News. He joined the Atlanta Constitution in 1971 and was political editor in 1973-74. In 1976, He was hired by Eugene Patterson as the political editor of the St.Petersburg Times, covering Jimmy Carter’s presidential candidacy. He joined the Atlanta bureau of the New York Times in 1978. In his 25 years on the Times, he served as Atlanta Bureau Chief, National Political Correspondent, London Bureau Chief, Washington Editor, Editorial Page Editor (1993-2001) and Executive Editor (2001-2003). In 1993, he won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for “Grady’s Gift,” a New York Times Magazine article describing his friendship with Grady Richardson, a black housekeeper employed by my family, during the era of segregation. He has written four books: Whiskey Man (a novel), My Soul Is Rested (a history of the civil rights movement) and Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis and The One That Got Away (memoirs). His wife Krystyna Stachowiak Raines, a journalist and public-relations executive; they split their time between homes in Fairhope, AL and Henryville, PA.