Praise

Cartoon by Geoff Brooks, The Rhinoceros Times

A bizarre representation of Eric (center) in a cartoon
by Geoff Brooks, the Rhinoceros Times

Praise for Eric Ginsburg’s work:

“Eric Ginsburg did research for me on a complicated story and this is what I can say about him as a journalist; He sees the story, he goes after it aggressively, and he gets it right.” – Sharon LaFraniere, investigative reporter at the New York Times

“I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Eric on projects and on stories, and I highly recommend him as a colleague and journalist. He has a keen eye for stories and is exceptionally creative. He’s self-motivated; his enthusiasm, hard work, and reliability consistently go above and beyond the call of duty. Plus, he’s just a really good guy. It’s always a delight working with him.” – Emily McCord, news director at WFDD public radio station

“Eric came into this business full of enthusiasm and fire. His passion has not waned, but has become more focused and potent. He’s tackled social-justice issues, government corruption, elections, corporate malfeasance and urban issues, among many other topics, with verve and determination. And he can eat a burrito faster than anyone else I have seen.” -Brian Clarey, president of Beat Media Inc.

“Eric is one of the best student journalists I’ve worked with in 25 years with the Guilfordian. He single-handedly shifted our news coverage to include Greensboro events and places, with a specific focus on social issues. I relied on him greatly.” – Jeff Jeske, former Guilford College journalism professor (RIP)

“Your sensitivity and insights are truly amazing.  I have tremendous admiration and respect for you; your writing is so outstanding!!!!” – Sandy Ginsburg (Eric’s grandmother)

Other attention:

cartoon by Jamal Bell

cartoon by Jamal Bell

Eric was featured in a February 2013 cartoon (above) in the Rhinoceros Times for his investigative cover story about police surveillance of activists in Greensboro. A judge denied the City of Greensboro’s request for a temporary restraining order to prevent YES! Weekly from publishing the article, which was based on thousands of files obtained in multiple public-information requests, including information that the city claimed was confidential.

“Congratulations to Yes Weekly for its story by Eric Ginsburg about surveillance activities by Greensboro police. Thanks to Superior Court Judge Ronald Spivey for denying the city’s request to block publication of the Yes Weekly article. He should have sent the city attorneys out of the courtroom with an assignment to read the First Amendment.” – Doug Clark, the Greensboro News & Record

The North Carolina Press Association presented Eric with an award for online breaking news in 2014 thanks to his coverage of fast-food protests. (He hasn’t worked for an eligible newspaper since.) When Eric graduated with high honors from Guilford College, he was awarded membership in the Phi Alpha Theta History Society, named Senior Writer at the Guilfordian student newspaper and received the Barton Parks Community Justice Award.

Feedback from readers: 

“Are you a Communist? Y or N. Just say Y or N. ” – email from reader Michael Hutchens

“You are to be commended for your gutsy analysis of the supposed flash mobs in downtown Greensboro. The column was seriously stunning work — your wording was careful but compelling and I hope your editor gets dozens of emails praising the piece. I plan to do so, and I look forward to reading a lot more of your columns in the future!” -Rae Alton

“God bless Eric Ginsburg and Triad City Beat for hipping us to Mi Casita. Holy moly, that place is good.” -Josh Neas

“Although I’m a little intoxicated, I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your beach trip story. Made me smile. Keep it up.” -Stephen

“Eric eats a lot of tacos. I would trust his judgment.” -Ann Thuy Nguyen, endorsing Eric’s review of La Perlita’s barbacoa and al pastor tacos

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