Vern E. Smith

Independent Journalist & Author of "The Jones Men"




Vern Smith is an independent journalist, author, and screenwriter with over thirty years as a newspaper reporter, magazine journalist, enterprise reporter, lecturer, and editor.

From 1979 until 2002, Smith served as the Atlanta Bureau Chief and as a national correspondent for Newsweek. As a principal reporter with Newsweek’s Special Projects Unit, he contributed to four cover stories later published as books.

In 2004, Smith contributed six chapters to the book My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience, published by Sterling Publishing.

Smith also served as a principal reporter and blogger for the Voices of Civil Rights oral history project, considered the world’s largest archive of firsthand accounts of the Civil Rights Movement. The collection of personal stories is permanently housed at the Library of Congress.

Smith’s work has also appeared in Emerge, the London Sunday Times, Ebony, GEO, The Crisis, and Merian Magazine. His novel, The Jones Men, a New York Times Recommended Book, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America and has been reprinted in several foreign editions.. Snubnose Press will publish an -e-book version in 2012.

A native of Natchez, Miss., Smith is a graduate of San Francisco State University, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Summer Program. He began his journalism career as a reporter with the Long Beach, Calif. Independent Press-Telegram.


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