I am a journalist. I created the blog You Are Not So Smart.
That blog became a podcast and an internationally bestselling book now available in 13 languages. My second book, You Are Now Less Dumb will be released on July 30, 2013, and you can preorder it here.
I cut my teeth as a newspaper reporter covering Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast and in the Pine Belt region of the Deep South. Later, I covered things like who tests rockets for NASA, what it is like to run a halfway home for HIV-positive homeless men, and how a family sent their kids to college by making and selling knives.
Since then, I have been an editor, photographer, voiceover artist, television host, public speaker, and tornado survivor. When not writing, I work as a digital media director with Raycom television where I also produced The Green Couch Sessions, a television show focusing on the music of the Deep South.
I am married to Amanda McRaney, and I live in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.