Connor Sheets

Connor Sheets is a statewide investigative reporter at, where he covers a wide range of issues facing Alabamians, from the scandals upsetting Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration to the heroin scourge sweeping the state. His work is regularly published in Alabama’s three largest newspapers: The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, and the Press-Register in Mobile.

Sheets previously wrote for multiple publications in New York, and he’s reported from Nigeria, Poland, Japan and China.

His work has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Salon, The Virginian-Pilot and The Baltimore Sun.

Sheets graduated from the University of Maryland with a journalism degree in 2007.

He lives in Birmingham with his wife Mary, a professional video editor. They welcomed their first child in November 2016. In his free time, Sheets enjoys playing guitar, cooking, riding his bicycle and traveling as much as possible. Though he is currently trying his hand at gardening and woodworking, he says he has a lot to learn in both the yard and the shop.

Connor Sheets is a statewide investigative reporter for He is a 2016-2017 RJI nonresidential fellow.