Dr. Reed is an Emmy-winning writer and producer, whose work with the Center for Public Television and Radio includes award-winning documentaries. She produces Bookmark with Don Noble and Discovering Alabama, the two longest-running public TV series in the nation; and co-launched Speaking Evolution, a multi-part series on communicating evolution. Her books include An Accidental Memoir: How I Killed Someone and Other Stories (NewSouth Books) and All Out of Faith and Circling Faith (University of Alabama Press), co–edited with Jennifer Horne. The State Council on the Arts fellow has been recognized by Oregon State University, The Lillian E. Smith Center, the Seaside Institute, and Lincoln University for her work as a writer, producer, and director. Her essays and stories have been published in newspapers, anthologies, and literary magazines. Forthcoming in Southern Writers on Writing is “Lyrical Acts” (University of Mississippi Press) as well as television programs on Fake News and the Opioid Epidemic for Town Hall, a series inspired by the Honors Class of the same name and recorded in the Digital Media Center’s new Studio UA. She is working on a book about the founder of UA’s journalism program Clarence Cason. Four days before publication of his essay collection Ninety Degrees in the Shade, he was found in his office near the stadium shot to death.
Her current classes focus on the intersection of solid science and well-told story.