Bailey Thomson is professor of journalism at the University of Alabama and
coordinator of his department’s graduate studies.
Each semester, he teaches the introductory course for the journalism department.
His graduate seminars focus on international journalism, the media and government,
and advanced writing and reporting.
He grew up in Aliceville, Ala., and earned three degrees from Alabama.
He worked as a journalist for the Huntsville Times and the Tuscaloosa News.
Later, he was editorial page editor of the Shreveport, La., Journal, and
chief editorial writer for the Orlando Sentinel in Florida. He returned
to Alabama in 1992 to become associate editor of the Mobile Register, where
in 1995 he and two colleagues were finalists for a Pulitzer Prize.
In 1999, an editorial series Thomson wrote for the Register about Alabama,
titled "Dixie's Broken Heart," won the Distinguished Writing Award
from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. In 2002 he was the editor
and author of Century of Controversy, a book about Alabama’s antiquated
In the summer of 2003, he was a consultant and writer for the Sun-Herald
newspaper in Biloxi.
He and his wife, Kristi, live in Tuscaloosa. They have a daughter, Sarah,
who is a sophomore at the University of Alabama