Richard Hébert is a former investigative reporter for The Atlanta Constitution, winning numerous journalism awards including nomination for a Pulitzer Prize. He is also an author of both fiction and nonfiction books, and a freelance writer of both magazines and documentary films. After a decade of world travel, he became politically active in Washington, D.C., during the 1980s and 1990s, served in the administration of Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, first as spokesperson for the D.C. Department of Public Works and subsequently as a multi-agency coordinator of media relations in the mayor’s Communications Office.
Hébert was also active in Citizens for New Columbia, the citizens’ committee that staged numerous demonstrations in the 1990s to demand statehood for the District of Columbia, eventually rising to serve as chair. Currently residing in St. Augustine, Florida, he continues to dabble in fiction and write columns on public affairs.