Institute Personnel

CHRIS KROMM - Executive Director; Publisher, Facing South and Southern Exposure
Chris joined the staff of the Institute and Southern Exposure in May 1997. From 1997 to 2000, he was the editor of Southern Exposure magazine, the Institute's award-winning journal of politics and culture. He was appointed Executive Director in 2000. He is also publisher of Facing South, the Institute's popular online publication, and Southern Exposure.

A frequently-sought commentator on Southern politics and current issues, Chris has appeared on over 250 TV and radio broadcasts including American Public Media's "Marketplace," CNN "Live," C-SPAN, Democracy Now, KCRW California's "To the Point," Mississippi Public Radio, NPR's "All Things Considered," Pacifica Radio, WUNC North Carolina's "The State of Things" and XM Satellite Radio. Kromm's writing and reporting have also appeared in The Durham Herald-Sun, The Hill, The Huffington Post, The Independent Weekly, The Journal of Environmental Education, The Nation, The Raleigh News & Observer, Salon and other publications.

Chris is the author or co-author of 12 Institute reports, most recently Counting in a Crisis (March/April 2010), Grading the Katrina Recovery (Aug/Sept 2009), Social Justice Organizing in the U.S. South(Spring 2009), Faith in the Gulf(Aug/Sept 2008) and, in collaboration with The Brookings Institutions and the United Nations, Hurricane Katrina and the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (January 2008). Kromm's reports have been covered in over 350 media outlets, including ABC News, Associated Press, BBC World, CNN News, NPR, The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post and USA Today.

Under Chris' leadership, the Institute and Southern Exposure have been recognized with several prestigious honors and awards, including the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting, the 2003 Defenders of Justice Award for Policy Research and Advocacy, a Harry Chapin Media Award for coverage of poverty issues, and honors from the National Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, and the White House Correspondents' Association.
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ETHAN CLAUSET - Web Director
Ethan Clauset directs the Institute's website development and online publishing strategy. He is a former volunteer and board member of Internationalist Books in Chapel Hill, and co-founded the Internationalist Prison Books Collective, which sends free books to prisoners in Mississippi and Alabama. He provides internet advice and consulting for nonprofit organizations, including the Institute for Southern Studies, WXYC-FM and Daylight Magazine. Ethan is a graduate of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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JERIMEE RICHIR - New Media Director
Jerimee Richir works with progressive organizations to implement online strategies to boost community outreach and fundraising. During the 2007-2008 campaign cycle Jerimee served the North Carolina Democratic Party as a the Director of Online Organizing. In this capacity he led the online outreach and voter data management for nationally significant victories for Congress, Senate, Governor, and President. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a major in Philosophy.
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SUE STURGIS - Editorial Director
Sue joined the Institute in November 2005 as director of the Institute's Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch, a project to document and investigate the post-Katrina recovery. A former staff writer for the Raleigh News & Observer and Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.), Sue directs and regularly contributes to the Institute's online magazine, Facing South, with a focus on energy and environmental issues. Sue is the author or co-author of five Institute reports, including Faith in the Gulf (Aug/Sept 2008), Hurricane Katrina and the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (January 2008) and Blueprint for Gulf Renewal (Aug/Sept 2007). Sue holds a Masters in Journalism from New York University.
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DANIELLE ADAMS - Office Coordinator
Danielle joined the Institute in spring 2013 as coordinator of the Institute's office and development systems. She holds a degree in political science with a minor in music from N.C. Central University in Durham, N.C., and she serves on Durham's Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.
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