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Rob Shapard

Rob Shapard is a writer and historian who focuses on stories about people and natural environments in the American South. He grew up in Georgia, went North for college, wanted to become a pro golfer but wasn’t all that good and became a journalist instead, moved to North Carolina, and later earned a Ph.D. in environmental and U.S. history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has never seen an ivory-billed woodpecker, but the odds seem pretty good to him that the species lives on yet.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Joy with family and friends
  2. Forests with giant pines and hardwoods
  3. Fresh Air BBQ, Jackson, Georgia
  4. Vegetables, I suppose
  5. Learning about others’ lives, past and present
  6. Writing
  7. Creating oral histories
  8. Clean air and water
  9. Countryside
  10. Junkyard Dawgs football