The Post and Courier
Reporting on arts organizations is tricky. Arts groups aren't businesses, so you can't cover them like a business reporter. At the same time, they are businesses, so you have to cover them like a business reporter. It's not a paradox; it just sounds like one. Arts journalism requires a sharp, critical eye and an understanding of humanity and creative passion. The crisis among Charleston's three biggest performing arts groups was dropped in Parker's lap, and he's been running full-speed since. In particular, his pieces on the Charleston Symphony Orchestra have explained why it's in trouble and established the facts of a conversation that will continue through the year. Not bad for a guy who never covered the arts before.