Mr. Covington is native of Concord, N.C., and a 1965 graduate of the University of Florida. He was a University Fellow of the American Political Science Association at the University of Michigan in 1973. He lives in Greensboro, N.C., where he writes history and biography.
An early newspaper career as reporter and editor began in Florida and included more than a dozen years at North Carolina’s Charlotte Observer where he created and co-wrote a series of articles on occupational health that in 1981 won, among other national awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service.
Over the last forty years, he has written more than twenty-five works of history and biography. Among his subjects is former Governor and U.S. Senator Terry Sanford, a title published by Duke University Press in 1999. He is the co- author of The Story of NationsBank: Changing the Face of American Banking, which was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1993.
Favored by Fortune is a four-generation biography of the Hill family of Durham, N.C. It was published in 2004 by the UNC-Chapel Hill Library, and that same year received the Old North State Award from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association for best nonfiction work by a North Carolina author.