Ed Williams is a Charlotte writer and editor. He retired in 2008 after 25 years as editor of the editorial pages of The Charlotte Observer, where he contributed to two projects that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is a University of Mississippi graduate (B.A. in history) and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He served two years in the U.S. Army. He is a member of North Carolina's State Library Commission, a director of public radio station WFAE and a deacon at Myers Park Baptist Church. In 2014 Lorimer Press published a collection of his work, "Liberating Dixie: An Editor's Life, from Ole Miss to Obama."