Connor Sheets

Investigative Reporter

Connor Sheets

Credit: Ramsey Archibald

Connor Sheets is an experienced journalist based in Birmingham, Alabama, where he is a statewide investigative reporter for The Birmingham News / Reckon by

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. 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 many 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 the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors' top feature-writing award. 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Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, he has written a book of poetry and two novellas, all of which remain unpublished.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 and painter, dedicated amateur chef and father to a joyous young daughter.