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Ace Atkins

Class of 1994
Current Position: Author
Resides In: Oxford, Mississippi

“When I look back at my time at Auburn University, it’s not necessarily my football experience that I value the most, it’s the time I spent with my professors and what I learned during those four years at Auburn.”


Ace Atkins is a New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, many of which pay homage to his native Alabama and his previous career as a newspaper reporter.

Before Atkins started penning crime novels, he was a student Auburn High School who was passionate about reading, writing, and football. He earned an athletic scholarship to Auburn University, where he played defensive end on the university’s undefeated 1993 football team and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in commemoration of the Tigers’ 11-0 season.

After his graduation from Auburn in 1994, Atkins began his career as a reporter on the crime beat at the Tampa Tribune. His coverage of a 1950s cold case garnered a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and the unsolved murder would eventually serve as inspiration for Atkins’ critically acclaimed novel White Shadow. He has been nominated for every major award in the crime fiction genre, and he remains a prolific writer, releasing two new novels in 2017.

In addition to his fiction work, Atkins lends his voice to national publications such as Garden & Gun, Newsweek, and Outside magazines, contributing both hard-hitting investigative pieces and insightful commentary.

Atkins lives with his family on a historic farm in Oxford, Mississippi.


Ace Atkins talks with a man in a bookstore.
Ace Atkins signs a book in a bookstore
Ace Atkins sits at a bar with an Auburn hat next him
Last updated: 08/30/2018