C. RICHARD YARBROUGH
Dick Yarbrough is in his 20th year as a syndicated newspaper columnist. His strong opinions are seen in more than 40 newspapers throughout the state of Georgia with more than a million readers weekly, making him the most widely-syndicated columnist in the state.
The Georgia Press Association has recognized him with its first-place award for Best Humor column four times in the past eight years. Politicians don't find him that funny.
After retiring as vice president of BellSouth Corporation in 1993, Dick Yarbrough joined the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, reporting to Billy Payne, the organization's CEO. In recognition of his career, PR WEEK magazine named him one of the One Hundred Most Influential Public Relations Practitioners of the 20th Century.
When not pricking the egos of the self-important in his column, Yarbrough has developed a growing reputation as an artist, with one of works hanging in the State Capitol and others in private collections.
Dick Yarbrough is a graduate of the University of Georgia, past president of the National Alumni Association and has been named the university's Outstanding Alumnus. He is a Fellow of Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at UGA and has a room named in his honor at the college. He recently endowed the Yarbrough Professorship in Crisis Communications Leadership at UGA.
Dick and his wife, Jane, better known to his readers as the Woman Who Shares My Name, alternate their time between Atlanta and St. Simons, where he avoids eating broccoli at both locations.