Connor Sheets

Investigative Reporter

Connor Sheets

Credit: Ramsey Archibald

Connor Sheets is an investigative reporter covering issues across Alabama for Reckon by / The Birmingham News.

Over the past decade Sheets has covered a wide variety of stories as a reporter for publications in Alabama, New York City and Maryland. From revealing that the state was improperly barring thousands of felons from voting to exposing that a sheriff had personally pocketed more than $750,000 in public funds intended to feed inmates in a rural county jail, his work has been deeply impactful in Alabama.

While working in New York, he wrote about everything from federal terror trials to the immigrant communities of Queens and reported from four continents, publishing in-depth journalism about countries from China to Nigeria. In Maryland, he honed his reporting skills by covering Frederick County government, crime and business.

Connor's journalism has appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Salon, American Press Institute, The New York Post and Nigeria's The Nation and Daily Trust newspapers.

In April 2016, Connor was selected to be a 2016-2017 RJI fellow. The University of Missouri's Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute awards the year-long fellowship to a handful of professionals with bold ideas about the future of journalism. The fellowship provided support for Connor's work on the Deputy Program, an open-source way for newsrooms to give citizens a stake in news coverage of their communities.

Over the course of his career, Connor has received numerous awards, including the New York Press Association's Writer of the Year award, first-place investigative reporting honors from the Society for Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade Awards, and a 2018 award for short feature-writing from the Society for Features Journalism.

A 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, he has written a book of poetry and two novellas, none of which have been published. Connor is a middling but enthusiastic guitarist and painter, dedicated amateur chef and father to a joyous young daughter.