Craig Flournoy

John Craig Flournoy (born June 26, 1951 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA) is a journalism professor at Southern Methodist University and a former investigative reporter for The Dallas Morning News, at which his work included coverage of the latter portion of the civil rights movement.[1]

He has taught since 2003 at SMU, where in 1986, he received a Master of Arts degree in history. He formerly taught courses on computer-assisted reporting, investigative reporting, history of American journalism, and communication law briefly at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1997 to 1998, while on leave from The Dallas Morning News, he was the Phillip G. Warner Professor of Journalism at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.[2]

John Craig Flournoy
BornJune 26, 1951 (age 67)
Alma materUniversity of New Orleans

Southern Methodist University

Louisiana State University
OccupationJournalist with:

Shreveport Journal
The Dallas Morning News
Professor at:
Sam Houston State University
University of Cincinnati

Southern Methodist University
Years active1977–
Spouse(s)Nina Flournoy
ChildrenThree daughters


Flournoy obtained his Bachelor of Arts in history with honors from the University of New Orleans in 1975, his master's in history from SMU in 1986, and his Ph.D. in journalism in 2003 from the Douglas Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.[1][2]


Prior to his work as The Dallas Morning News, Flournoy worked as a reporter and columnist from January 1977 to December 1978 for the since defunct Shreveport Journal under the editor Stanley R. Tiner.[3] At The Journal Flournoy and Bill Keith investigated the office of Webster Parish Sheriff O. H. Haynes Jr., and the police department in Springhill for corrupt practices. The reporters alleged that the two departments had covered up cases of prostitution, ticket-fixing, stolen bond money, and narcotics violations. Investigations by chief criminal sheriff's deputy T. C. Bloxom Jr., and Mayor M. A. Gleason, Jr., of Springhill uncovered no evidence of wrongdoing. Haynes rose from his hospital bed in Shreveport, where he was undergoing treatment for bronchitis, to deny all allegations. It was noted that The Shreveport Times was, meanwhile, preparing a story on the lower crime rate in Webster Parish compared to other nearby locations.[4] The investigations ultimately cleared Haynes. State Attorney General William J. Guste returned no indictment in the case.[5]

Flournoy's works have appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator and The Newspaper Research Journal.[1]

Awards and honors

Flournoy has won more than fifty state and national journalism awards, including:

  • Pulitzer Prize with fellow reporter George Rodrigue in 1986 for investigative reporting about racial segregation in East Texas.
  • American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award
  • Associated Press Managing Editors Association’s Public Service Award
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Medal for Outstanding Investigative Reporting
  • Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting
  • Scripps Howard Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting[1]
  • He also won eleven Dallas Club Katie awards, five of which were for investigative reporting[2]


Flournoy and his wife, Nina P. Flournoy (born June 11, 1954), have three daughters. Mrs. Flournoy is a senior lecturer at Southern Methodist University.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Craig Flournoy- Meadows School of the Arts". SMU. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Craig Flournoy". The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "Craig Flournoy". Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  4. ^ "Sheriff Haynes answers charges of corruption", Minden Press-Herald, October 6, 1977, pp. 1, 8A
  5. ^ "Guste returns no indictment in Springhill case", Minden Press-Herald, October 25, 1977, p. 1

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1986 Pulitzer Prize

The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1986.

Bill Keith (politician)

Billy P. Keith, known as Bill Keith (born August 19, 1934), currently resides in Longview, Texas with his wife, Vivian. A writer of fiction and nonfiction , he served from 1980 to 1984 as a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate. As a legislator, he was particularly known for his promotion of a state law requiring balanced treatment in the instruction of creation science and evolution in public schools.

A Tahlequah, Oklahoma native, Keith graduated from Wheaton College, a private American four-year Christian liberal arts college in Wheaton, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. While at SWBTS, he worked in the public relations office with Bill Moyers, later the press secretary to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. After the publication of Keith's most recent book in 2009, Moyers sent him a note of goodwill.

Craig (given name)

Craig is a Scottish, Irish & Welsh masculine given name, all variations derive from the same Celtic branch. The name has two origins. In some cases it can originate from a nickname, derived from the Scottish Gaelic word creag, meaning "rock," similar to Peter. In other cases, the given name originates from the Scottish surname Craig, which is also derived from the same Scottish Gaelic word. Cognate forms of creag include the Irish creig, Manx creg, and Welsh craig. The English word "crag" also shares an origin with these Celtic words. The given name Craig is popular in Scotland, and is used throughout the English speaking world, though in North America it is often pronounced with a short vowel sound, as in "egg", while the British pronunciation sounds like the diphthong in "brain".

Flournoy (surname)

Flournoy is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Angela Flournoy, American novelist

Anne Flournoy (born 1952), American writer, producer and film director

Craig Flournoy (born 1951), American journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner

Dequinte Oshea Flournoy, convicted of aggravated battery as part of the Murder of Brandon Brown

Fabulous Flournoy (born 1973), basketball player and coach

Francis Flournoy, Kentucky farmer, the first of two people indicted under the Logan Act

Harry Flournoy (1943–2016), college basketball player

Houston I. Flournoy (1929–2008), California State Controller and professor of public administration

J. Howell Flournoy (1891–1966), Sheriff of Caddo Parish, Louisiana

John Flournoy (1808–1879), American deaf activist

Melissa Scott Flournoy, Louisiana state representative, defeated for state senate in 1996 by Max T. Malone

Michèle Flournoy (born 1961), former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy of the United States

Nancy Flournoy (born 1947), American statistician

Peggy Flournoy (1904–1972), American football and baseball player and coach

Peter Flournoy, player for Jacksonville State Gamecocks football, signed by Detroit Lions

Richard Flournoy (1901–1967), American screenwriter

Samuel Lightfoot Flournoy (West Virginia lawyer) (1886–1961), American lawyer and politician

Samuel Lightfoot Flournoy (West Virginia senator) (1846–1904), American lawyer and politician

Sterling Flournoy, American heavy metal musician, member of Prong (band)

Théodore Flournoy (1854–1920), Swiss psychologist

Thomas Flournoy (1811–1883), U.S. Representative from Virginia and cavalry officer in the Confederate States Army

Thompson B. Flournoy, Colonel of the 1st Arkansas Infantry Regiment

Willis Flournoy (1895–?), African-American baseball pitcher

Terri Williams-Flournoy (born 1969), women's basketball coach at Auburn University

Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting

The Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting is an award for journalists administered by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. The program was launched in 1991, with the goal of exposing examples of poor government, and encouraging good government in the United States. There is a $25,000 award for the winner.

The Goldsmith Awards Program is financially supported by an annual grant from the Greenfield Foundation.

Huntsville, Texas

Huntsville is a city in and the county seat of Walker County, Texas. The population was 38,548 as of the 2010 census. It is the center of the Huntsville micropolitan area.

Huntsville is approximately 70 miles north of Houston in the East Texas Piney Woods on Interstate 45, which runs between Houston and Dallas. It is home to Sam Houston State University, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Huntsville State Park, and HEARTS Veterans Museum of Texas. The city served as the residence of Sam Houston, who is recognized in Huntsville by the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and a statue on Interstate 45.

List of Southern Methodist University people

This is a list of notable alumni, faculty, and students of Southern Methodist University. Those individuals who qualify for multiple categories have been placed under the section for which they are best known.

O. H. Haynes Jr.

Oscar Henry Haynes Jr., known as O. H. Haynes (October 28, 1920 – December 9, 1996), was from 1964 to 1980 the Democratic sheriff of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana. He was also the parish Exxon distributor for some four decades.

Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting

This Pulitzer Prize has been awarded since 1942 for a distinguished example of reporting on national affairs in the United States. In its first six years (1942–1947), it was called the Pulitzer Prize for Telegraphic Reporting – National.

Shreveport Journal

The Shreveport Journal is a former American newspaper published originally by H. P. Benton in Shreveport and Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana.The name The Journal was adopted on February 17, 1897. Previously the publication had been known for several years as The Judge. William E. Hamilton, another of several early owners, obtained the newspaper about 1900 and held it until 1911, when it was acquired by the Journal Publishing Company, with A. J. Frantz as the president and Douglas F. Attaway, Sr., as secretary. By 1918, Attaway had acquired controlling interest; in 1925, he became the president and publisher. Upon the senior Attaway's death in 1957, his son, Douglas F. "Doug" Attaway, Jr., succeeded his father as both the president and publisher. Attaway graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. From 1966 to 1979, he was also the chairman of the board of KSLA-TV, the CBS affiliate established in 1954 and the first television outlet in Shreveport. Attaway sold KSLA to Viacom. He was also a former chairman of the board of Newspaper Production Company and the Attaway Newspaper Group, Inc.In 1972, Attaway wrote an article on a total eclipse, the phenomenon in which the moon totally blocks the rays of the sun, which occurred on July 10 of that year. Attaway and his long-term photo editor, Jack Barham, journeyed to New York City to observe the two-minute eclipse, having found their desirable spot of view under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.In 1974, Attaway recruited Stanley R. Tiner from the rival Shreveport Times to become the editor of The Journal. A Webster Parish native reared in Shreveport, Tiner graduated with a journalism degree from Louisiana Tech University. In 1976, Attaway sold The Journal to the Shreveport industrialist and philanthropist Charles T. Beaird, who had served in the late 1950s as a Republican for one term on the former Caddo Parish Police Jury. Tiner and Beaird moved the editorial position of The Journal to the political left, whereas it had been clearly conservative and earlier segregationist under Attaway and a previous editor, George W. Shannon.The Times and The Journal once shared a building at 222 Lake Street, although they were separately owned and editorially independent. The Times remains at the Lake Street location, but has moved operations to an adjacent building in recent years.

The Houstonian (newspaper)

The Houstonian is a campus newspaper at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). The paper was founded in 1913. CBS News journalist Dan Rather served as editor of the newspaper before his graduation from SHSU in 1953. In 1994, the university named the headquarters of the paper the Dan Rather Communications Building. Before his 2005 retirement, CBS created the Dan Rather Scholarship Fund in honor of the journalist, with preference towards those working at The Houstonian.

The university hired investigative journalist Craig Flournoy in 1997 to both teach journalism at the school and supervise production at The Houstonian. During the 1997-1998 period, the students reported on key issues at the school, including instances of inflated grades by professors, rape occurrences at the school, and a revealing Texas state audit performed on the university.

Prior to her 1997 graduation from SHSU, Jenna Jackson served as editor of The Houstonian. She went on to join CBS News in New York, and won an Emmy Award in 2012 for her work on the television program 48 Hours. Jackson later returned to Texas and advised journalism students at SHSU in the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication.

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