Prior to entering graduate school, Carl attended Mercer University and the Center for Collaborative Journalism, where he graduated summa cum laude with a 3.92 GPA as a Valedictorian in 2011, earning a dual honors degree in journalism/media studies (JMS) and southern studies. He was selected as a national Robert C. Byrd Honors Fellow and one of five Mercer University Service Scholars, and won the Mercer Presidential Scholarship to pay for his studies. As a senior in college, he was named among the top five Mercer graduates poised to make a positive difference in their communities and the world. While at Mercer, he developed and launched the digital edition of his student-run newspaper, MercerCluster.com, and received funding from the Knight Foundation to develop and implement an online user-generated guide to the City of Macon, instructing a 200-level class to complete the project. During his year abroad at the University of Oxford, he sat as news editor of the university’s official student-run newspaper, The Oxford Student, and spearheaded a redesign of the publication’s website, in addition to holding regular workshops for the paper’s staffers on content strategies for the web. He also served as web editor of Oxford’s termly arts and culture publication, Exposition Magazine, establishing its initial online presence in 2010. He wrote his peer-reviewed, conference-presented undergraduate honors thesis on coverage of the 1961 lunch counter sit-ins in the Atlanta daily press – scholarship for which he was later invited to present at the prestigious “Faulkner’s Legacy: Southern Writers, Southern Writing” conference at the University of Mississippi. His 2010 paper “Thomas Nelson Page’s Cultural Theft: ‘Marse Chan’ and ‘Meh Lady’ as Blackface Performance” won the Valerie B. Edmonds Research Award for unique undergraduate scholarship, and was later published by Mercer University Press in The Spires, the University’s bi-yearly, interdisciplinary research journal showcasing notable university research projects across all disciplines. His journalism has also appeared in in The Daily Mail (UK), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, City Limits Magazine and The Augusta Chronicle.
Before starting work in Savannah, Carl covered the Norwood and Kingsbridge sections of the Bronx for the hyperlocal news site, BronxInk.org, and served as editor of the website for the Society of Professional Journalists, the student governing body of Columbia Journalism School. His master’s thesis focuses on the history of The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s suburban strategy in light of the paper’s recent financial woes, and earned top marks for going beyond the longform requirements to produce original research in the field. He currently resides in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. To contact Carl, click here, or call (912) 816-7007 or (917) 397-6799.