Writer. Born– February 17, 1940, Sheffield. Parents– Harold Reed and Myrtle (Able) Greenhaw. Married (1) Faye Berry, 1965; (2) Sarah Virginia Maddox, 1972. Education– Study at Instituto Allende, Mexico, 1959-1960; University of Alabama, B.S., 1966. Technical writer, newspaper reporter, writer of television scripts, and editor. Sports reporter for Tuscaloosa News, 1958-62; sports columnist, Graphics weekly, 1963-64; writer for education project at Draper Correctional Center, 1964-65. Reporter at Alabama Journal, 1965-76; editor and publisher, Alabama Magazine, 1984-88.   Director of Alabama Bureau of Tourism, 1993-95. Served on White House Conference on Travel and Torism, 1995.  Appointed to Alabama Humanities Forum Board of Directors, 2000. Winner of Harper Lee Award from Alabama Writer’s Forum, 2006; Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction, University of Alabama College of Communications, 2005. Reporting award, Associated Press Managing Editors Association, 1968; Nieman Fellow, Harvard, 1972-1973.  Died May 31, 2011.


Encyclopedia of Alabama (online).

Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1973.


Alabama; A State of Mind.  Montgomery; Black Belt Press, 2000.

Alabama on My Mind; Politics, People, History, and Ghost Stories. Montgomery, Ala.; Sycamore Press, 1987.

Alabama: Portrait of A State. Montgomery:  Black Belt Press, 1997.

Beyond the Night;  A Remembrance.  Montgomery; Black Belt Press, 1999.

Elephants in the Cottonfields; Ronald Reagan and the New Republican South. New York; Macmillan, 1982.

Fighting the Devil in Dixie; How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama.  Chicago; Lawrence Hill Books, 2010.

Flying High; Inside Big Time Drug Smuggling. New York; Dodd, 1984.

A Generous Life; W. James Samford Jr.  Montgomery; River City Publishers, 2009.

Ghosts on the Road; Poems of Alabama, Mexico, and Beyond. Montgomery; River City Publishers, 2007.

The Golfer. Philadelphia; Lippincott, 1967.

King of Country.  Montgomery; Black Belt Press, 1994.

The Long Journey; A Novel.  Montgomery; River City Publishers, 2001.

The Making of a Hero; The Story of Lieutenant William Calley Jr.  Louisville, Ky.; Touchstone Pub. Co., 1971.

Montgomery, the Biography of a City.  Montgomery; Advertiser Company, 1993.

Montgomery, the River City.  Montgomery; River City Publishers, 2002.

My Heart Is in the Earth; True Stories of Alabama and Mexico.  Montgomery; River City Publishers, 2001.

The Spider’s Web, A Novella and Other Stories.  Montgomery; River City Publishers, 2003.

Tombigee and Other Stories.  Montgomery; Sycamore Press, 1991.

Watch Out for George Wallace. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1976.


Montgomery: Center Stage in the South: A Contemporary Portrait.  Chatsworth, CA: Windsor Publications, 1990.

Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People who Broke the Back of Jim Crow.  Chicago:  Lawrence Hill Press, 2006.


The papers of Wayne Greenhaw are held by the Library at Auburn University Montgomery.