André Natta is a journalist and columnist based in Birmingham, AL. He contributes to a regular column about diversity in journalism for The Poynter Institute and writes about revitalization efforts in cities and the ongoing digital revolution elsewhere. Natta reports and manages digital strategy for Birmingham, AL NPR affiliate WBHM and performs similar duties for the Southern Education Desk. (The latter is a multi-state, Corporation for Public Broadcasting-funded local journalism collaborative headquartered at the station.) He also serves as one of the organizers for #wjchat, a six-year-old weekly online chat about digital journalism. The Bronx, NY native started an online publication about Birmingham and its progress, The Terminal, in 2007.
He is a city appointee to the Jefferson County Historical Commission (serving as its treasurer) and a member of the committee responsible for the implementation of Birmingham, Alabama’s comprehensive plan.
Natta majored in architectural history while minoring in architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is a former economic development professional, having worked for Main Street Four Point Approach-based programs in Savannah and Birmingham, receiving his Certification in Professional Main Street Management from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2008. He also worked for a time in the hospitality industry.