James Burnett is a Metro columnist & pop culture writer for The Miami Herald. He’s reported on everything from national crime trends and public safety to voting patterns among young adults. His work includes award-winning articles on the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in New York, juvenile homicides in South Florida, and the relationship between poverty and violent crime in the upper Midwest.
These days Burnett writes a weekly column, sharing his opinions on life in South Florida, on topics ranging from politics to childhood obesity. He also reports on general trends in popular culture, youth culture, style, music, technology, and race and ethnicity. Burnett has reported from Port-au-Prince, in the aftermath of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people there, and will do so periodically throughout The Miami Herald’s long-term coverage of Haiti’s recovery efforts.
Burnett has worked at The Financial Times of London, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Richmond-Times Dispatch. His work has also appeared in U.S. News & World Report, and O: The Oprah Magazine.