In addition to serving as senior fellow at MDC, Ferrel directs the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is a lecturer at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a coauthor of the State of the South series and The Carolinas Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow.
He was formerly southern correspondent, government affairs editor, Washington correspondent, editorial page editor, and columnist at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. He also has written for The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, America, The New Republic, and a variety of Southern magazines, journals, and newspapers. He is a contributor to books on public policy, tobacco in transition, and the politics of race.
Educational background: Journalism (Loyola University of New Orleans; Columbia University).