Neely Tucker

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Neely Tucker (born November 26, 1963 in Lexington, Mississippi) is a journalist at the Washington Post and the author of Love in the Driest Season.[1] He previously worked as a foreign correspondent in Zimbabwe, where he and his wife Vita lived, and where they adopted a child.[2] He currently writes for the Style section of the Washington Post.


Tucker was raised in Mississippi by his parents Elizabeth and Duane Tucker. He has a brother named Duane Jr. He now lives right outside of Washington DC. His favorite teams are Mississippi State and the New Orleans Saints.[3]


Tucker attended Starkville Academy and played football and wrote for the school's newspaper. After graduating high school, he went on to attend Mississippi State University but later obtained his degree from the University of Mississippi where he was selected as the most outstanding journalism student at graduation in 1986.[4]


Throughout Tucker's career, he has reported from more than 50 countries around the world.[3] While attending the University of Mississippi, he worked for Oxford Eagle in Mississippi. Upon graduating, he went on to work for Florida Today, Gannett's national wire service, and the Miami Herald. He then served as a foreign correspondent at the Detroit Free Press.[4]


  1. ^ "Love in the Driest Season". Random House. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ Crosslin, Julie (May 6, 2004). "Feature Interview: Neely Tucker, foreign correspondent and father". Life Matters (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Neely Tucker - The Washington Post". Washington Post. April 16, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Usher, Kelle. "Neely Tucker, Mississippi writer and journalist". Mississippi Writers and Musicians. Retrieved October 10, 2013.