Lafayette, LA, United States
Arnessa M. Garrett is the deputy assistant editor for Collin County at The Dallas Morning News. She joined the paper in 2010 and has worked on projects involving education and city government topics. Most recently, she was the lead editor in the coverage of the reconstruction of Big Tex.
Before coming to Dallas, she was the senior editor at her hometown newspaper The (Lafayette,La.) Daily Advertiser. While at the Advertiser, she helped lead the paper's coverage of hurricanes Katrina and Rita as well as the BP oil spill in the Gulf. A yearlong project on domestic violence that she edited during her tenure there won the 2006 Dart Award for reporting on victims of violence.
A graduate of Tulane University, she began her career at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where she was on the copy desk. She later moved to The Boston Globe where she wrote for the weekly Learning section and worked as a copy editor.