Jim Wise

Jim Wise arrived in Durham, sight unseen, as a Duke University freshman in September 1966, and has remained a Bull Citizen for all but four years since then. He has written for Durham newspapers since 1981, covering arts, politics, business and in particular local history. He is author of Durham: A Bull City Story and Durham Tales: The Morris Street Maple, the Plastic Cow, the Durham Day That Was and More … as well as On Sherman’s Trail: The Civil War’s North Carolina Climax and Murder In the Courthouse: Reconstruction and Redemption in the North Carolina Piedmont; and has taught Durham and Southern history classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University. He is a Duke graduate and holds a master’s degree in folklore from the University of North Carolina and former editor of Duke alumni publications and Tar Heel: The Magazine of North Carolina.