Barnett Wright is an award-winning reporter who has been recognized for his journalism in Birmingham, AL and Philadelphia, PA.
In Birmingham, he worked at AL.com and The Birmingham News, part of the Alabama Media Group, where he covered municipal and county government and served as lead reporter on Jefferson County’s record-setting municipal bankruptcy. He exposed Jefferson County corruption cases, including financial transactions that led to the convictions of more than a dozen county officials.
Wright served as lead reporter on AL.com/The Birmingham News coverage of the 50th anniversary commemorations of 1963 civil rights marches and is author of “1963: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World (The Birmingham News Company).”
He received awards for his work from the Alabama Press Association; The Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the Pictures of the Year International Competition for Newspaper Special Section.
In Philadelphia, he served as an editor at The Philadelphia Tribune. He won a number of National Newspaper Publishers Association Awards (NNPA) while in Philadelphia.
Jefferson County officials vowed not to make the same mistakes with a new financial software purchase that were made by a previous commission, which spent nearly $20 million for a system that was eventually scrapped.
But the current commission now faces problems with its $5 million-plus replacement — a system the county needs to help comply with a non-discrimination court decree.
Start with distinctive assets like UAB, Southern Research Institute, Railroad Park, and historic downtown buildings. Decide collectively how to use those to help transform Birmingham into one of the country’s centers for innovation. Market that innovative city to the nation and world.
That was the assignment put on the table for people who can make things happen in Birmingham by Brookings Institution Vice President Bruce Katz, an influential Washington, D.C.–based policy expert who recently spent two days in Birmingham.
By BARNETT WRIGHT, BIRMINGHAMWATCH:
More than 50 patients, including adults and children, are now enrolled in UAB studies to test the safety of a marijuana derivative that has shown promise as a treatment for severe epileptic seizures, according to university officials.