Nancy DeVille is an award-winning journalist who has spent the last five years writing about everything from local politics, education and religion to health and growth and development. Her journalism career began as a part-time sports clerk at The Tennessean. The following year, she enrolled in the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University - a program that selected a handful of minorities to train as journalists. She was hired nearly a year later at The Tennessean. As a general assignment reporter, DeVille covered Nashville’s neighborhoods. Her passion is to tell stories about some of the most overlooked people, like Nashville resident Helen Bailey. Her story, on the local civil rights activist on the brink of foreclosure, attracted national attention. More than 80,000 people signed an online petition and as a result of her article, the 80-year-old was granted a reprieve. Some of her stories have appeared on the pages of USAToday. In 2012, her work earned her first place awards from the Tennessee Press Association- Best Education Reporting and Best News Reporting as one of the lead writers for The Tennessean’s yearlong coverage of the state’s obesity epidemic. She enjoys giving back and found great pleasure helping to train the next generation of journalists as the part-time advisor for The Meter, the student newspaper at Tennessee State University. The California native studied history at Nashville’s Fisk University. She is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists.