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Taffy Brodesser-Akner: Willie Morris Writers Series

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Journalism Studies


Second annual Willie Morris Writer Series Event

Taffy Brodesser-Akner's first major journalism job was at Soap Opera Weekly, a job she held until her role was eliminated due to layoffs in June 2001. She also wrote for Mediabistro and did freelance pieces for magazines including ESPN The Magazine, GQ, and Texas Monthly. The Columbia Journalism Review called her "one of the nation's most successful freelance writers". Her freelance articles often focused on celebrity profiles, several of which went viral. In 2014, she became a contributing writer to both The New York Times and GQ. In 2017, she became a full-time staff writer for The New York Times. Her first novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble was published in June 2019.

Introductions by Dr. Debra Wegner, University of Mississippi, and Wright Thompson of ESPN, last year's Willie Morris Writer.

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