John Craig Flournoy
|Alma mater||University of New Orleans|
Louisiana State University
Southern Methodist University
John Craig Flournoy (born June 26, 1951 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA) is a journalism professor at Southern Methodist University and a former investigative reporter for The Dallas Morning News, at which his work included coverage of the latter portion of the civil rights movement.
He has taught since 2003 at SMU, where in 1986, he received a Master of Arts degree in history. He formerly taught courses on computer-assisted reporting, investigative reporting, history of American journalism, and communication law briefly at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1997 to 1998, while on leave from The Dallas Morning News, he was the Phillip G. Warner Professor of Journalism at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Flournoy obtained his Bachelor of Arts in history with honors from the University of New Orleans in 1975, his master's in history from SMU in 1986, and his Ph.D. in journalism in 2003 from the Douglas Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Prior to his work as The Dallas Morning News, Flournoy worked as a reporter and columnist from January 1977 to December 1978 for the since defunct Shreveport Journal under the editor Stanley R. Tiner. At The Journal Flournoy and Bill Keith investigated the office of Webster Parish Sheriff O. H. Haynes Jr., and the police department in Springhill for corrupt practices. The reporters alleged that the two departments had covered up cases of prostitution, ticket-fixing, stolen bond money, and narcotics violations. Investigations by chief criminal sheriff's deputy T. C. Bloxom Jr., and Mayor M. A. Gleason, Jr., of Springhill uncovered no evidence of wrongdoing. Haynes rose from his hospital bed in Shreveport, where he was undergoing treatment for bronchitis, to deny all allegations. It was noted that The Shreveport Times was, meanwhile, preparing a story on the lower crime rate in Webster Parish compared to other nearby locations. The investigations ultimately cleared Haynes. State Attorney General William J. Guste returned no indictment in the case.
Awards and honors
Flournoy has won more than fifty state and national journalism awards, including:
- Pulitzer Prize with fellow reporter George Rodrigue in 1986 for investigative reporting about racial segregation in East Texas.
- American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award
- Associated Press Managing Editors Association’s Public Service Award
- Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Medal for Outstanding Investigative Reporting
- Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting
- Scripps Howard Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting
- He also won eleven Dallas Club Katie awards, five of which were for investigative reporting
Flournoy and his wife, Nina P. Flournoy (born June 11, 1954), have three daughters. Mrs. Flournoy is a senior lecturer at Southern Methodist University.
- "Craig Flournoy- Meadows School of the Arts". SMU. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
- "Craig Flournoy". The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
- "Sheriff Haynes answers charges of corruption", Minden Press-Herald, October 6, 1977, pp. 1, 8A
- "Guste returns no indictment in Springhill case", Minden Press-Herald, October 25, 1977, p. 1