Isaac J. Bailey was born in St. Stephen, South Carolina. He has a degree in psychology from Davidson College in North Carolina and received training from the prestigious Poynter Institute for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has been a professional journalist for 19 years and has taught applied ethics at Coastal Carolina University and, as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, has taught journalism at Harvard Summer School. He is a contributor to Politico and, has been published by Esquire, and is currently working with former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller and The Marshall Project on a piece about his family’s story. Bailey was a finalist in the 2001 Novello Festival Press Literary Award for a manuscript he wrote about his battles with stuttering and its parallels to the struggles facing his oldest brother in prison. He self-published a well-received book, Proud. Black. Southern (But I Still Don’t Eat Watermelon in Front of White People) in 2008. He currently lives in Myrtle Beach with his wife.