Tommy Tomlinson

Host of SouthBound

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Tommy Tomlinson has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories have been chosen twice for the “Best American Sports Writing” series (2012 and 2015) and he also appears in the anthology “America’s Best Newspaper Writing.”

He teaches magazine writing at Wake Forest University and has also taught at the University of Georgia, Queens University of Charlotte and the Poynter Institute. He has been a speaker at workshops and conferences across the country.

His book “The Elephant In the Room,” a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America, will be published soon by Simon & Schuster.

He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.

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The fatal shooting of five journalists last week at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., certainly has many newsrooms more mindful of security. WFAE’s Tommy Tomlinson shares his thoughts on the subject in this commentary.

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Jerry Richardson was a community hero for bringing the NFL to Charlotte in 1993. As owner of the Panthers, he became affectionately known as The Big Cat.

Erin Rae is a singer out of Nashville who you’re going to be hearing a lot more about. She signed a record deal with Single Lock Records, the label co-founded by John Paul White, formerly of the Civil Wars. Erin Rae’s songs remind me of those Civil Wars songs – her music is quiet and intimate, trying to make sense of conflicted feelings. 

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Bobby Jones built a basketball career on his ability to guard other players, to the point where Nike created a marketing campaign calling him the Secretary of Defense. He was an All-Star five times in his 12-year pro career and won an NBA title in 1983 as a member of a great Philadelphia 76ers team that included Moses Malone and Dr. J, Julius Erving. 

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Kathy Izard -- our latest guest on the SouthBound podcast -- chose the first six songs on this week's Radio Hour in honor of her work with Charlotte's homeless. I filled out the playlist with some of my home-related picks. Enjoy at your home ... and maybe think about those who don't have one.

Kathy Izard

Have you ever heard that little voice telling you to do something more with your life? Kathy Izard heard that voice, and unlike many of us, she decided to listen.

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For Vol. 10, we've built a megamix of all the SouthBound Radio Hours so far -- more than eight hours of (mostly) Southern music for your enjoyment. As Ron Popeil would say, "Set it and forget it!"

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If you somehow had a giant photo album of the last 40 years of fashion history, as you scrolled you would see one face over and over again, a head taller than most everybody else. That’s Andre Leon Talley.

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Laura Vinroot Poole, featured on the latest episode of SouthBound, handpicked the songs for this SouthBound Radio Hour -- some Southern, some not. But there's definitely some fashion in here.

Laura Vinroot Poole

If you know much about fashion, you probably know the name Laura Vinroot Poole. The fashion business definitely knows about her – she’s a common presence in the houses of designers all over the world. She owns three boutiques in Charlotte, and her flagship store, Capitol, has now been around for 20 years. But Laura Vinroot Poole didn’t plan on going into fashion. The path of her life has surprised her, the same way it surprised her family and friends. It all came from one strong desire – to get back home.

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