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Pam Kelley is a North Carolina-based journalist and the author of Money Rock: A Family's Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South, a 2023 North Carolina Reads Book Club Selection. 

Her awards include honors from the National Press Club, National Education Writers Association and the Society for Features Journalism. As a longtime reporter forThe Charlotte Observer, she contributed to a subprime mortgage exposé that was a 2008 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.


“Money Rock is a powerful and unforgettable story of ambition, the failed war on drugs, and those places where policies have failed to keep up with the human experience. In order for us to truly look forward, we must reckon with the devastation behind us.”

Maryland Governor Wes Moore

Author of The Other Wes Moore

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