Jo-Anna Burnett has had a nose for news and investigative reporting since grade school when she interviewed former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke for a social studies project at 12 years old – on her own, she obtained his home phone number from the New Orleans White Pages, recording the interview with a tape recorder juxtapose a speakerphone.

Since then, she has reported for newspapers across the United States and around the world including The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y., The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., The Baton Rouge Advocate, and the Shanghai Star in China during the SARS outbreak. She's also worked for two Pulitzer prize-winners, Russell Carollo, formerly of the Los Angeles Times and the Dayton Daily News, and former New York Times reporter and book author Rick Bragg.

Alone, she walked the estates of Belfast, Northern Ireland, to witness the Troubles firsthand, and watched Slobodan Milosevic cross-examine witnesses at his tribunal, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in the Hague, Netherlands, as a member of the public.

At Southeastern Louisiana University, Burnett made history as the first black president of the Press Club, the second oldest organization at the university next to the SGA.


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International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

The Hague (Den Haag), The Netherlands