Fellows & Editors


Tom Barton

Peru 2009
Savannah Morning News

Tom Barton is the editorial page editor of the Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga., where he is responsible for the opinion and commentary pages for the largest newspaper in Southeast Georgia. He has spent his entire 31-year newspaper career with the Savannah newspapers, accepting a job right out of college as a police reporter for the Savannah Evening Press. He worked as general assignment reporter, government reporter, medical writer and editorial writer before being named in 1993 to lead the editorial pages. He is a two-time winner in the annual Best of Morris competition, held among newspapers owned by Morris Communications, for commentary and for innovation. Georgia Trend magazine has named him one of Georgia's most influential journalists. The Georgia chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill recently named him Georgia’s journalist of the year for his columns and editorials about mental health. He has won numerous awards for editorial writing, column writing and editorial pages from the Georgia Press Association and the Associated Press. He has received fellowships sponsored by the Knight Center for reporting on Native Americans and on national energy policy. He is a graduate of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia and is a member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers. He is active in the community, serving on the boards of America's Second Harvest Food Bank, Big Brother Big Sister and the Salvation Army. He is a former board chair of the Salvation Army and helped oversee the agency's strategic planning in dealing with local homelessness and alcohol and drug abuse.


  • Barton: If the shoe fits, give thanks

    I gave a shoe-shine boy my last twenty last week. Not dollars. Soles. That's the currency of Peru, where I've been for the past two weeks. Twenty soles is roughly $7. I had...

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