Journalist, Award Winner
Who is Brett Blackledge?
Brett J. Blackledge is Investigations Editor at The Naples Daily News in Naples, Fla. Before joining the Naples paper in October 2014, Blackledge was Public Service and Investigations Editor at The News Journal in Wilmington, Del. He worked as a reporter for 26 years before joining the Delaware newspaper, including working as a reporter for The Associated Press in Washington D.C.. While working for The Birmingham News, he won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for a series on alleged nepotism and cronyism in Alabama's two-year college system.
Blackledge was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a 1986 alumnus of Louisiana State University. He began his career that year with the Associated Press, and later worked for The Journal Newspapers in suburban Washington, D.C., Education Daily and The Mobile Register. He went to work for The Birmingham News in 1998.
While with the News, Blackledge contributed to Alabama AP Managing Editors Association Award-winning stories on the 2003 conviction of Bobby Frank Cherry for the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, which took place in 1963.
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