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The Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy operate on both the Oxford and Jackson campuses. The Schools of Dentistry, Health Related Professionals and Medicine, and the Health Sciences Graduate School, are based in Jackson only. (Additional healthcare programs are available through the School of Applied Sciences on the Oxford campus.) Other than these exceptions, the schools above are on the Oxford campus.


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Joined UM: December 31, 1969

Brief Bio

Curtis Wilkie Born Greenville, Miss. 1940, educated in public schools of Mississippi and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Reporter and editor on the staff of the Clarksdale Press Register 1963-69 in the Mississippi Delta at a time when the civil rights movement was at its height. Received a Congressional Fellowship from the American Political Science Association and worked on Capitol Hill 1969-71 as a legislative aide in the offices of Sen. Walter F. Mondale (D-Minn.) and Rep. John Brademas (D- Ind,), Reporter and editor on the staff of the News-Journal papers in Wilmington, Del., 1971-74. Joined the staff of the Boston Globe in early 1975 and served as a national and foreign correspondent for that paper until retirement at the end of the 2000 presidential campaign. Covered eight presidential campaigns (seven for the Globe) and served as White House correspondent 1977-82. Acting chief of the Washington bureau for one year. In 1984, established Globe’s Middle East bureau and lived in Jerusalem 1984-87. Covered numerous wars and conflicts overseas including 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon,; terrorist bombings of US Marines in Beirut as well as siege of Yasser Arafat in Tripoli, Lebanon, in 1983; civil war in Lebanon throughout the 1980s; first Palestinian intifada, 1988-89; Romanian revolution 1989-90; first Gulf War 1991; civil war in Somalia, 1993. In 1993, established Globe’s Southern bureau in New Orleans and covered regional and national affairs from there until retirement. Written numerous articles for national magazines such as The Nation, The New Republic, Newsweek, Playboy, George, Washington Journalism Review. Many articles published in the Boston Globe Magazine. Co-author, with the late Jim McDougal, of “Arkansas Mischief: Birth of a National Scandal” published by Henry Holt 1998. Author of “Dixie: A Personal Odyssey Through Events That Shaped the Modern South” published by Scribner 2001. Co-author, with six others, of “City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina” published by LSU Press 2007. Visiting professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi, 2002. Journalism professor in residence at Louisiana State University, 2003. Appointed to Kelly G. Cook chair in the department of journalism at the University of Mississippi 2004. Appointed to become first Overby Fellow with the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi 2007. Given Special Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction Writing by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. 2005 Lives in Oxford, Miss., and New Orleans, La. Wife, Nancy, and three grown children, Carter, Leighton & Stuart.


The University of Mississippi (1963)