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The City Paper
Clint Brewer is an award winning reporter and editor with substanital experience in investigative, political, economic development and crime reporting as well as extensive newsroom management and editing experience.
Brewer is a native of Knoxville and a lifelong Tennessee resident. He began his journalism career in the mid-1990s as a staff reporter for the 9,500 circulation daily The Lebanon Democrat, covering state and local politics as well as business and economic development.
As a reporter for the Democrat, Brewer was a four time winner of the state’s most prestigious reporting award, the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting from the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editor’s conference. Investigative reporting by Brewer on campaign finance issues in the state has resulted in presidential and congressional campaign committees returning contributions made by felons.
His coverage of environmental issues in Tennessee resulted in the first and only conviction in the state for violating Tennessee’s solid waste disposal laws.
Brewer formed his own company in 2000, purchasing the weekly Mt. Juliet News and running that newspaper until 2002 when he sold it to Sandusky Newspapers and went to work at the Democrat as that newspaper’s Managing Editor over a group of suburban newspapers. Under his leadership, the newspaper won numerous investigative awards in Tennessee, including the 2004 and 2005 Malcolm Law Awards and the 2004 and 2005 Public Service Awards from the Tennessee Press Association. Under Brewer’s guidance, the Democrat also won its first national journalism award in its 118 year history in 2005, the American Planning Association’s 2005 Journalism Competition.
Brewer left the Democrat to become The City Paper’s executive editor in March 2006. His tenure there ended in February due to budget cuts. He is now freelancing.
Brewer’s work covering politics and economic development have also appeared in The Tennessean, The Nashville Scene, and The Memphis Flyer as well as numerous weekly newspapers across the state. His commentary pieces as president of SPJ were published on numerous media websites and in newspapers nationwide, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
As president of the Sociey of Professional Journalists in 2007 and 2008, Brewer was one of the key voices in the national push for a federal Shield Law for reporters. Brewer led the effort to lobby members of the U.S. Senate on the bill and remains engaged as the Society’s Government Relations Committee chairman and a member of the national board.
Brewer has led sessions on investigative reporting at conferences for Investigative Reporters & Editors, SPJ, the Tennessee Press Association and the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.
He is a graduate of the journalism program at the University of Tennessee.
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