Joan Garrett McClane

phone: 423-757-6601

Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007.

Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama.

Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, she wrote for the The Shelby County Reporter, the The Tuscaloosa News, The Anniston Star and the Hartford Courant.

This year, she was named as a national finalist for the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Award for Distinguished Writing on Diversity. She is also the 2010 winner of Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade Award for feature writing and the 2010 winner of the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors' award for feature writing.

Joan enjoys watching Lost on DVD, driving, eating spaghetti and listening to country music, but her true love is telling stories in newsprint.

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