Paige Williams, a journalism graduate of the University of Mississippi and a former member of the journalism faculty, has a cover story in the Jan. 28 edition of The New Yorker. “Bones of Contention” is about the black market trade in fossils.
Williams is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and editor who teaches at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Her stories have been anthologized in five volumes of the Best American series, and twice been named National Magazine Award finalists. She has taught narrative/literary journalism, and other disciplines including investigative and feature writing, at NYU, the University of Pittsburgh, Ole Miss, and Emory, among others, and has served as the editor-in-chief or executive editor at monthly general-interest magazines in Portland, Atlanta, and Boston. Before moving into magazines and online, she spent a decade as a newspaper reporter, first in Mississippi and at the Washington Post, then at the Charlotte Observer. Since becoming a freelancer she has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times magazine, and GQ, among others, and is the author of the Byliner Original The Ghost. She was a 1996-97 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and holds an MFA from Columbia.