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Richard E. Hart

Communications Director

Richard works with all of MDC's projects to connect their insights and solutions with the media, policymakers, and the community at large. He oversees MDC's websites, helps prepare presentation materials, and assists with general outreach and the writing and editing of research papers, grant proposals, lectures, and speeches for all of MDC's programs. He oversaw production of The State of the South reports in 2011 and 2014 and is helping coordinate, research, and write The State of the South 2017.

He's a native of New Orleans and has been a reporter, editor, and columnist for newspapers across the South for more than 25 years. Beginning at his hometown newspaper, The Times-Picayune, covering the city's historic preservation movement, he continued to focus on planning and environmental concerns in reporting, editing, and management positions at The Boston Globe, The Capital Reporter in Jackson, Miss., The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., The Miami Herald, The Ledger in Lakeland, Fla., and The Chapel Hill News. Most recently, he was editor of the Independent Weekly, which covers politics, social issues, and the arts in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill region of North Carolina. His work has won prizes for investigative reporting, editorial writing, design, and coverage of urban growth issues.
Educational background: Urban studies; editor, The Columbia Daily Spectator (Columbia University).