Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Rodney Thrash is a field editor for the Patch sites in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties.
Rodney is a 2002 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he helped resurrect the Northwestern University Student Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists as well as BlackBoard, the magazine for the university's African American community.
He has worked—as an intern or a full-time reporter—at The Dallas Examiner, The Daily Northwestern, the Chicago bureau of the New York Times, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Detroit Free Press.
Before moving to metro Atlanta in November 2010, he was a reporter for seven years at the St. Petersburg Times (nowTampa Bay Times), Florida’s largest daily newspaper.
His coverage of Florida's landmark hazing case involving a Florida A&M University fraternity pledge earned him first place honors from the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists in 2008.
Rodney sits on the board of directors of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, NABJ's 2012 Chapter of the Year. He co-chaired AABJ's 29th Pioneer Black Journalist Awards in 2011.