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 2003.
“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 and editor 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 25 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 three books about the South.
SENIOR OVERBY FELLOW
Bill Rose, a reporter and editor for South Florida newspapers for 35 years, became a senior fellow at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics in October, 2011.
Rose, a native of Shelby, Miss., graduated from Ole Miss in 1969. He returned to join the journalism faculty in 2009. His first depth reporting class produced a magazine on the Mississippi Delta that won the national Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in competition with colleges across America.
He got his start as a reporter for the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville from 1969 to 1975, covering local and state government and politics. While at The Miami Herald for 25 years, he covered the South as a national correspondent from 1979 to 1984 and served as editor of The Herald's Pulitzer-winning Sunday magazine, Tropic, for 10 years. In 1999, Rose moved to The Palm Beach Post, where he became managing editor and directed investigations that sent local politicians to federal prison and forced reforms in the way the state monitors migrant labor abuse. He was a Pulitzer juror in 2007-2008.