Brett Blackledge, 43, is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. He earned a journalism degree from Louisiana State University in 1986.
Blackledge began his career with the Associated Press in New Orleans and later worked for AP bureaus in Jackson, MS, and Tulsa, OK. He worked for The Journal Newspapers in suburban Washington, DC, covering crime, local government and the Maryland and Virginia legislatures. He then wrote about national education issues for Education Daily, covering the White House, U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Education.
Blackledge moved to Alabama in 1993, joining The Mobile Register as a local government reporter. He also covered education and state government. He has worked at The Birmingham News since 1998 as a general assignment and special projects reporter.
Blackledge is married to a veterinarian and has an 11-year-old daughter.