Decorated journalist joins University to head up new reporting institute

Veteran Memphis journalist Marc Perrusquia has been named the first Distinguished Journalist in Residence at the University of Memphis, a position created as part of a new institute at the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media.

The University announced July 16 the creation of the Institute of Public Service Reporting. The institute was established to produce independent investigative and enterprise reporting for the Memphis community. It also will provide hands-on training to journalism students.

Perrusquia, 59, worked for more than 29 years at The Commercial Appeal where he won numerous state and national awards for his work. He is also the author of the 2018 book,“ A Spy in Canaan,” which is about civil rights photographer Ernest Withers.

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