Jenifer Roser

Tuesday, November 14 2017

Former Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.   One of this country’s great writers because of his gift for storytelling, Tommy is now producing a podcast for WFAE focusing on telling the story of the South through a series of intimate interviews.  SouthBound launches on Wednesday, but first, we spend an hour with Tommy Tomlinson talking about this new venture and more.

SouthBound Extra: A Preview Of Harvey Gantt Interview

Nov 9, 2017
Harvey Gantt
Courtesy Harvey Gantt

WFAE’s new podcast, SouthBound, aims to engage in conversations with people who reveal how the region shapes who they are and what they do. It debuts Nov. 15.

Host Tommy Tomlinson’s first guest is Harvey Gantt. He was Charlotte’s first African-American mayor when he served two terms in the 1980s. He then had memorable campaigns against U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. He talks about all that in his conversation with Tommy.

About Tommy Tomlinson

Nov 9, 2017
Tommy Tomlinson

Tommy Tomlinson has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories have been chosen twice for the “Best American Sports Writing” series (2012 and 2015) and he also appears in the anthology “America’s Best Newspaper Writing.”

Jeff Cravotta

WFAE's new podcast, SouthBound, debuts Nov. 15. It's about the South, told through conversations with people who grew up and live in the region. Host Tommy Tomlinson will engage in conversations with people who reveal how the South shapes who they are and what they do. In this segment, WFAE News Director Greg Collard introduces listeners to Tommy and his goals for SouthBound.