Roy Reed - recipient of the 2007 Cecil Woods, Jr. Award for Nonfiction - is author of an inclusive biography of Governor Orval Faubus and was a renowned writer and reporter for the Arkansas Gazette and The New York Times. He also taught journalism for 16 years at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Reed was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and received his bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at the University of Missouri. He spent much of his tenure at The New York Times covering issues that concerned the South. In 1986 he published Looking for Hogeye, a collection of essays about the South. His biography, Faubus: The Life and Times of an American Prodigal, was a 1997 New York Times Notable.