Paige Williams

Paige Williams, an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, writes for The New YorkerShe won the National Magazine Award for feature writing in 2008 and was a finalist in 2009 (shared), for a staff project on the unfulfilled legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and in 2011, for a two-part health series. Before magazines she reported for newspapers including the Clarion-Ledger, the Washington Post and the Charlotte Observer. Anthologies: five volumes of the Best American series, including The Best American Magazine Writing (2011, 2009) and The Best American Crime Writing (2006, 2003). In January 2010, on this website, with the story “Finding Dolly Freed,” she self-published a crowd-funded longform narrative project as an experiment, calling it “Radiohead journalism,” an early exploration of independent, a la carte journalism that was covered by the Columbia Journalism ReviewNPR’s “On the Media,” Mother Jones,Wired, and others. She has taught longform narrative, investigative, news reporting, features writing, and criticism at Harvard, M.I.T., New York University, the University of Pittsburgh, Emory, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and the University of Mississippi, her alma mater, and was a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Nevada Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism. She was a 1996-97 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where, for four years, she taught narrative writing and edited the online publication Nieman Storyboard. She holds an MFA, in fiction, from Columbia and, usually, a gigantic cup of coffee. She’s working onThe Dinosaur Artist, a narrative nonfiction book about the international fossil trade, to be published, by Hachette, in Fall 2016.