James Higdon is a nationally recognized journalist and book author based in Louisville, Kentucky. He covered marijuana policy and the coal economy for POLITICO Magazineas a freelancer, and for the Washington Postwhen news broke in Kentucky. See his other work at his Muck Rack page. His first book, The Cornbread Mafia, was published in 2012 in hardcover and 2013 in paperback. His second book, The Nearly Forgotten History of Portland, Kentucky, was published in 2018. A second edition of Cornbread Mafiais due out May 8, 2019. A graduate of St. Augustine Elementary, Marion County High School, Centre College, Brown University, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Higdon is now the co-founder of Cornbread Hemp Co.