Issac Bailey is a veteran journalist who has won numerous writing and reporting awards and has conducted investigations that led to changes in the way the S.C. Department of Social Services handles child protection cases. His criminal justice reporting spurred the Myrtle Beach Police Department to create a position to focus on young people after Bailey’s investigative pieces highlighted the struggles of young black men in the Booker T. Washington neighborhood. He is also a certified guardian ad litem and has served as the legal representative in Family Court for children in distress and has spent several years mentoring troubled youth in a variety of capacities.
Bailey was one of 12 journalists in the country chosen to be a 2014 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he studied child brain development, child welfare and race relations law and taught journalism for a year at Harvard’s summer school.
Bailey is Davidson College’s Batten Professor and taught journalism and applied ethics at Coastal Carolina University for several years.
He has been published in hundreds of publications, including Politico Magazine, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, the Charlotte Observer and CNN.com and has appeared on NPR, CNN and MSNBC. Bailey also created a race relations seminar in which he explores the complexity of implicit and other types of biases and has given presentations at several dozen institutions, including Duke University, Central Michigan University, the Education Writer’s Workshop and Horry County prosecutors.
He’s been married for 20 years to Dr. Tracy Bailey, founder and executive director of non-profit literacy organization, Freedom Readers, and has two teenage children.
Bailey’s 2018 book, “My Brother Moochie,” which discusses the effects of the criminal justice system on black families, has received critical acclaim and has been featured in the New York Times. He is working on another book, “A Black Man in Trumpland: Why we didn’t riot – but should have.”