Journalist; columnist. Born–November 10, 1953, Colquitt, Ga.; grew up in Montgomery. Married– Jimmy Johnson; Don Grierson. Education–Auburn University, B.A., 1977. Reporter for Memphis Commercial-Appeal and Scripps-Howard News Service, 1980-1994; for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1994-2001. Writes a syndicated column for King Features. Winner of many awards for her writing:  1974-75 Pacemaker Award; the 1982 American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award;  1984 Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for outstanding human interest writing; 1985 National Headliner Award; 1986 inducted into the Scripps-Howard Newspaper Hall of Fame; 2010 Clarence Cason Award for Non-Fiction Writing from the University of Alabama School of Communications.  One of three finalists for the Pulitzer Award, 1991.


NewSouth website


The Dogs Buried over the Bridge:  A Memoir in Dog Years.  NewSouth, 2016.

Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming: A Memoir.  NewSouth Books, 2010.

Good Grief:  The Story of Charles Schulz.  New York:  Pharos Books, 1989.

Hank Hung the Moon…and Warmed our Cold Cold Hearts.  NewSouth Books, 2012.

Poor Man’s Provence:  Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana.  NewSouth, 2008.


Echoes of Robert E. Lee High School, The First Decade, 1955-65.  NewSouth, 2015.

They Didn’t Put That on the Huntley-Brinkley!:  A Vagabond Reporter Encounters the New South.  Athens:  University of Georgia Press, 1993.