Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Pheonmena
By: Julia Reed


Julia Reed, born in 1960 in Greenville, Mississippi, got her start in 1988 while covering campaigns for the U.S. News and World Report. She is a contributing editor for Newsweek and senior writer for Vogue. Reed started to intern at the Newsweek’s Washington bureau while she was attending Georgetown University in 1978. She still continues to write for Newsweek, and in November of 2007, she started writing a regular food column for the publication (Newsweek).

As senior writer at Vogue for the past 20 years, Reed has been in charge of the publication’s political coverage. Condoleezza Rice, Elizabeth Edwards, Al Gore, and George W. Bush are a few among the many Reed has written profiles on for the magazine. She also writes for the “New York Times” and “The Spectator,” a London paper, and appears on MSNBC and CNN quite frequently (Newsweek).

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Reed split her time between New Orleans and New York. But since 2005, she has resided in New Orleans full time to give Newsweek accurate, first- person accounts of the destruction of the city following Hurricane Katrina (Newsweek).

From 2001 to 2004, Reed wrote the food column for the “New York Times” magazine. These columns have been collected and to create Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life (with Recipes). This collection of recipes is scheduled to be released to the public on July 8, 2008. Reed is also planning to release The House of First Street: My New Orleans Story to the public on June 24, 2008 (Newsweek, Amazon).




Katherine Kemmerly
English IV Final Exam Project
Mrs. Wohl's English
May 2008
Academy of the Sacred Heart
New Orleans, LA