Fun fact about Nick Fouriezos: He’s the oldest of 10 kids. Before you say anything, yes, he’s Catholic, and his mother is a saint. Growing up in a large family with diverse opinions — his father’s side, liberal, Greek, Canadian; his mother’s, conservative, Catholic, American — may have given him an education in cross-fire, but it also shaped his desire to learn what makes people and places tick.
He honed that curiosity at the University of Georgia. At the student newspaper, Nick covered tennis and football and later became sports editor. He walked out with the rest of the staff after the board of directors attempted a takeover; the protest drew national headlines and he was reinstated, ultimately serving as editor in chief. After almost losing what he loved to do — the freedom to seek the truth and report it — Nick moved toward investigative news. He has interned at the St. Augustine Record and Baltimore Sun (where he once pissed off Michael Phelps). A summer stint with his hometown paper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, turned into a contract to cover the 2014 elections — at which point Nick was a political junkie. He then spent seven months traveling Indonesia and Australia, writing about corrupt politicians and fledgling Hugh Jackmans, and swimming with whale sharks.
Now he serves as OZY’s national politics and occasional sports reporter. Nick is an avid reader, thinker, walker and black-coffee drinker. He’ll play pickup basketball, football or just about any sport, as long as you don’t mind that he’s a little competitive. OK, a lot.