Suzi Parker is an award-winning investigative journalist and author, focusing extensively on politics, hard news, sports journalism and Southern culture for more than 35 years. Parker has published hundreds of articles and essays in newspapers, magazines, and websites including The Economist, The Daily Beast, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post and The New York Times Magazine. Her stories have also appeared in The Dallas Morning News (where she served as Arkansas’ correspondent from 1998 to 2004), US News and World Report, The New Statesman, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, Alternet.org, The Washingtonian, Penthouse, Politics Daily, Grist, Town & Country and several other regional, national and international publications. She is the author of the cult classic non-fiction book “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt” and “1000 Best Bartender’s Recipes.” She self-published her first novel, “Echo Ellis” about a reporter who thrives on danger while on the hunt for her next big story. She is working on a new collection of essays. Parker graduated from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and received an M.A. in journalism at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. She began her journalism career as a freshman in college at Arkansas State University at Beebe when she was selected to be the college newspaper editor – the youngest college newspaper editor in the state at the time. In 2919, she linked Jeffrey Epstein to Bill Clinton as early as 1993 for the Daily Beast, a story that was nominated for a national award. She thrives on investigative journalism regardless of the topic. A lifelong lover of sports, she launched a subscription-based newsletter in 2023 called the Human Side of Sports — featuring sports stories about players and coaches focused on south Arkansas.
A small Arkansas school district increased bus drivers’ pay by 19%. Will it fix the shortage?
By: Suzi Parker - May 15, 2023
Sheridan School District bus drivers have had a rough year. Two drivers and the bus driver coordinator resigned in March, effective at the end of the school year. That followed numerous other resignations since 2019. Drivers are retiring, seeking other jobs and quitting because of stress from disruptive student behavior and verbal abuse from parents. […]
Bus driver shortage in rural Arkansas district strands kids, angers parents
By: Suzi Parker - May 8, 2023
Nicole Haynes is exasperated by excuses from the Sheridan School District. A parent of two children in the district, Haynes lives in daily uncertainty. She never knows if the school bus her children ride will run on schedule. She sometimes receives an automated text alerting her at the last minute that the bus may be […]
New Arkansas social media age verification law could complicate student-athletes’ publicity efforts
By: Suzi Parker - April 12, 2023
Austyn Dendy, a junior student-athlete at Pine Bluff High School, has college offers from numerous universities, including Tulane, the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the University of Mississippi. Recruiters discovered Dendy and other outstanding Arkansas athletes like him through his high school coaches’ networks but also on social media. Dendy, who participates in football, […]
Arkansas committee votes to expand NIL to college-bound athletes
By: Suzi Parker - March 30, 2023
University of Arkansas Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek appeared before the House Insurance and Commerce Committee on Wednesday to speak in favor of a bill about student athletes’ publicity rights. “This is a very important bill for us,” Yurachek said. “It keeps us in the forefront. It keeps us competitive not only in the Southeastern Conference […]
Some Arkansas high school athletes would profit from fame under proposed legislation
By: Suzi Parker - March 24, 2023
A bill filed in the Arkansas Legislature focused on student athletes’ publicity rights looks like a win-win for all involved on the surface. But student-athlete advocates call foul on it. House Bill 1649 by House Speaker Matthew Shepherd of El Dorado and Rep. RJ Hawk (R-Benton) would allow high school athletes who have been admitted […]