Thomas is a product of Memphis City Schools and a 1993 graduate of Butler University. She has been an editor or reporter at The Indianapolis Star, The (Nashville) Tennessean and The Charlotte Observer. From 2003 to 2014, she was metro columnist at The Commercial Appeal.
She was inducted into the Scripps Hall of Fame for commentary in 2008, took second place in in the 2011 National Headliner contest for local columns and in 2013 was named a Champion of Equality by the Tennessean Equality Project. She's also the founder of Common Ground, a race relations initiative that is now a program of the YWCA. She tweets at @wendi_c_thomas and blogs at wendicthomas.com.
"We're pleased to have a writer of Wendi's caliber join the Flyer's fine roster of local columnists," said Flyer editor, Bruce VanWyngarden. "Her perspective on the city and its issues is always interesting and provocative — and, yes, sometimes controversial — but we think it's a voice that should be heard. I think Flyer readers will agree."
Thomas' first column will appear in the September 25 issue.