David Plazas, The Tennessean

David Plazas

The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, United States

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Recent:
  • The Tennessean
Past:
  • MontgomeryAdvertiser
  • The Daily Herald
  • The Jackson Sun
  • Commercial Appeal
  • Tallahassee Democrat
  • USA TODAY
  • Knoxville News Sentinel

Recent articles by David:

Retired Tennessee professor and colleague to Colin Powell recalls his character

Former University of Tennessee Knoxville Professor Sharon Lord served as the top female U.S. Defense official when Colin Powell was a senior aide. → Read More

Sign up for the new Latino Tennessee Voices newsletter

The first edition of the Latino Tennessee Voices newsletter goes out Wednesday, Sept. 15, to mark the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. → Read More

Annual reading of the Declaration of Independence

Tennessean Opinion and Engagement Editor David Plazas reads the Declaration of Independence as part of annual tradition. → Read More

Confederate Reckoning April 8 event spotlights Montgomery artists Michelle Browder and Kevin King

Michelle Browder of More Than Tours and Kevin King of The King's Canvas Gallery and Studio will share their stories in a live broadcast. → Read More

Let people who actually want the COVID-19 vaccine get it quicker and easier in Tennessee

Tennessee is making strides in getting residents vaccinated. Vaccine hesitancy threatens progress. Too many people who want the vaccine can't get it. → Read More

Readers respond to second impeachment of President Donald Trump

Readers across Middle Tennessee share their opinions about President Donald Trump's second impeachment. → Read More

How Marsha Blackburn and Jim Cooper's gaffes further polarize Americans

When elected officials do not model the behavior that has sustained and expanded our democratic traditions over 244 years, they hurt it. → Read More

Meet the four candidates for Nashville School Board District 4

The candidates are Berthena Nabaa-Mckinney, Steve Chauncy, John Little and Pam Swoner. They are looking to fill the term through 2022. → Read More

Trump-Biden's Nashville debate was more civil, but the bar was set so low

The stakes are especially high now. In addition to a presidential election, 2020 has brought forth a pandemic and greater division. → Read More

How The Tennessean is building community and trust virtually in a polarized age

We need to be able to hold discussions that allow us to assess facts, combat misinformation, debate alternatives and, yes, disagree respectfully. → Read More

Tennessee anti-camping bill was rushed and sends chilling message

The bill alters the criminal justice system, targets protesters at the Tennessee State Capitol and was passed in three days with little public input. → Read More

Tennessee Voices: Watch special panel discussion on domestic violence on Aug. 4

Former WPLN host Natasha Senjanovic is guest moderating this expert panel and taking questions from the audience. → Read More

Tennessee school reopening plans fall short of fixing pre-COVID-19 problems

Leaders must have greater imagination. School reopening plans feel like a Band-Aid for a return to a pre-COVID-19 reality that will never materialize. → Read More

Watch live: Nashville School Board candidate forum

Five of nine Nashville School Board seats are up for election on Aug. 6. → Read More

Watch live reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4

The Declaration of Independence reading program will air on The Tennessean's Facebook page at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday, July 4. → Read More

How The Tennessean is working to make amends after the Islamophobic ad published

The Tennessean acknowledges the June 21 full-page ad was an error. We apologize for the hurt it has caused. We are taking action to make this right. → Read More

Honor journalism heroes like Maria Ressa by embracing the right of freedom of the press

A way to support the First Amendment is to urge young people to become enthusiastic about press freedom. They are the future defenders of democracy. → Read More

Slain teen Ashanti Posey deserved better than being debased on the Tennessee House floor

Ashanti Posey, 17, was fatally shot in Nashville on April 9. A resolution memorializing her passed in the Tennessee Senate, but Tennessee House Majority Leader William Lamberth objected and the measure fell short. → Read More

If Tennessee leaders really want to end racism, they must act on their words

Apologies and platitudes are not enough. Actions like removing the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from the Tennessee state Capitol are a good step. → Read More

Nashville's George Floyd rally was peaceful. Scoundrels spawned the violence.

Diverse people gathered to denounce racism and injustice. Violence ensued afterward. It's an attempt to set back civil rights progress in Nashville. → Read More