Connor Sheets

Investigative Reporter

Connor Sheets is an experienced, award-winning journalist based in Birmingham, Alabama, where he is a statewide investigative reporter for The Birmingham News/AL.com.

Connor's journalism has appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, Newsweek, Salon, The Baltimore Sun, The New York Post, The Buffalo News, International Business Times, The Virginian-Pilot 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. Launched in August 2016, Connor's year-long fellowship project aims to create new ways for people to have a stake in news coverage of their communities.

Over the course of his career, Connor has received awards including the New York Press Association's Writer of the Year award and first-place investigative honors from the Green Eyeshade Awards. Since 2012, he has reported from four continents, publishing in-depth journalism about countries from China to Nigeria.

A 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, he has written a book of poetry and two novellas, all of which remain unpublished. Connor is a middling but enthusiastic guitarist, dedicated amateur chef and big NBA fan, even though he roots for the Knicks and lives in the Deep South.