Nancy Dorman-Hickson

Birmingham, AL USA

Professional Experience

Author, editor/writer, speaker... Nancy Dorman-Hickson was a national award-winning editor with Time Inc.'s Southern Living and Progressive Farmer magazines. Her writing has received praise from Harper Lee, Pat Conroy, Naomi Judd, Fannie Flagg, Sue Monk Kidd, Anne Rice and more. She has been a newspaper editor; taught college; and worked in public relations. Dorman-Hickson has written about the literary, education, health, workplace safety, travel, homes, gardening, food, wellness, health and spirituality. Most recently she co-wrote Amazon bestseller Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield. The memoir is about Houston, Texas, socialite Joanne King Herring, portrayed by Julia Roberts in Charlie Wilson's War. Dorman-Hickson is collaborating on a book with communication professor Mark Hickson, her husband. The couple have twins and live outside of Birmingham, Alabama. For more information, see


Book Author
4 Years
22 Years
24 Years


12 Years
12 Years
Books & Literature
13 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
18 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
1 Year
PR (in-house) - Small to mid-sized corp. clients
4 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

24 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Hachette Book Group (1-2), Progressive Farmer magazine (1-2), Southern Living (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Cabot Creamery (6-10), Children's Health System (3-5), WeSave (1-2)

Other Work History

I've also taught at the college level, served as desk editor for a small town newspaper, and worked in public relations and marketing.

Computer Skills

Word, Windows Vista


MacBook Pro, Canon G9 digital camera, audio tape recorder, Sony video recorder

Work Permits & Visas

Valid passport


Provided upon request


National Magazine Award nomination (Public Interest category); National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest 1st place (section edited by entrant); Alabama Media Professionals (first for features, personality profile); The Videographer Award (award of distinction); Writer of the Year (multiple times, American Agriculture Editors Association); Oscar in Agriculture (multiple times); Excellence in Health Reporting (multiple times, Baptist Montclair Medical Center); Merit Award (twice, The American Values Community Action Network)


National Federation of Press Women; Alabama Media Professionals; National Book Critics Circle


Personality Profile

A profile of Oseola McCarty, the tiny Mississippi washerwoman with an 8th-grade education who gained the world's attention by giving her savings to a university. I produced a film documentary on her that received The Videographer's Award of Distinction.
One of Nashville's favorite sons, former NBA player Charles Davis fulfills a vow to help inner-city children from his old neighborhood.
What this farmer can do with his limited body is amazing. Even more inspiring is his positive outlook on life. Award-winning profile of North Carolina farmer Butch Robbins, a triple-amputee.


I write about a week-long conference at the University of Mississippi focused on all things Elvis, including impersonators and motorcade-escorted bus trips to Graceland and Tupelo.
Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is inundated in spring, summer, and fall. But it's also glorious in winter when far less traffic clogs the view.
Music City hits just the right note with my family.

Environmental Issues

Even people whose blood doesn't run to resin respond to Ecology of a Cracker Childhood author Janisse Ray's call to preserve nature.
The conservationists behind the Tennessee River Gorge cleanup ensure the land's survival for the next generation.

Celebrity Profile

Author Anne Rice shares insights on New Orleans, her writing, and her inspiration.
Singer Patti Loveless and non-celebrities praise Vanderbilt Voice Center for saving their vocal cords.


My hair is so wild that if it could drive, it would run away from home.


Take brief moments out of your day for downtime, and reap big benefits.
From a health food store to a holistic health center, entrepreneur Ann Yates brings wellness alternatives to the Knoxville community.
Cooking Light readers learn physical activity just for the sheer pleasure of it pays off in skills and confidence in this Kids' Fitness piece.


Horticulturist Hollis Malone nurtures thousands of plants, and even hotel guests, at the classic Nashville resort.
Pecan trees line both sides of the drive leading to the old-fashioned house. A gazebo and a lake are situated just outside the back door. Ferrell and Pam Scruggs call this country place home.
Favorite recipes and their cultural and historical lore from the states of AL, N.C., S.C., W.Va., and La.


If you're thinking of starting a home-based business for a little extra cash, you might be surprised. For some farm families, the "pocket money" has become a big source of income.


Victoria magazine readers learn that even without the goodies, these one-of-a-kind hand-stitched stockings are sweetly special.

Rural Issues

Nominated for a National Magazine Award and winner of several others, this series documented farm dangers, profiling those who had died in a year's time and steps to prevent future accidents.


I write about taking my young twins to the Alabama Theatre see To Kill a Mockingbird. The essay segues into a brief appearance by Harper Lee at an awards ceremony. The best part? Ms. Lee wrote me a thank you letter after the essay was published!!!