A former newspaper reporter and editor, Lance Elliott Wallace chronicles life in the New South from his home in the Atlanta suburb of Lilburn.
New South Essays is not an attempt to be definitive but suggestive. It is not authoritative but reflective. Lance is not an expert on Southern culture but an observer.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Lance has lived in Central Florida, Alabama and Georgia, gaining a fascination with contemporary Southern culture along the way. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Troy University in Troy, Ala., and a master of business administration from Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga.
Lance currently works as associate vice chancellor of communications at the University System of Georgia. He cut his teeth in journalism at a number of venues, but started at the now-defunct Lake Wales (Fla.) Daily Highlander. He also wrote for the Destin (Fla.) Log and exited newspaper journalism after seven years at The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph.
He and his wife, Carla, a native of Sandersville, Ga., have three boys — Barron, Harris, and Carlton. Other than writing, Lance’s main extra-curricular activity is running. He’s completed four marathons, and his personal record is 3:31 in New York in 2000.
A person of faith, you can read his thoughts on church life from a layperson’s perspective at “View from the Pew.”