Nedra Rhone covers the environment and culture for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where she has been a reporter since 2006. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, she enjoys writing about the people, places and events that define metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Previously, Rhone was a staff writer at Newsday where her first assignment was covering the devastating impact of 9/11 on the families and communities of Long Island. She later covered K-12 education for Long Island's 125 school districts and is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her reporting on women in hip-hop. The Chicago native and former research analyst holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business and spends her spare time reading historical nonfiction and listening to obscure soul music from the 1970s.