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Keel Hunt is a columnist for the USA Today Network in Tennessee. He has been a reporter, editor, Washington correspondent, and editorial writer. From 1979 to 1986 he was Special Assistant to Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander.

The founder of Nashville’s The Strategy Group, a public affairs firm whose clients have ranged from The Frist Foundation and Ingram Industries Inc. to HCA and Meharry Medical College. Hunt is a fixture in Nashville’s history and its rise as the “It City.”

Crossing the Aisle is a follow up to his debut work of nonfiction, Coup: The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2013 and an expanded edition in 2017.

He enjoys his family, photography + travel. He and his wife Marsha live in Nashville and Sanibel Island, Florida.

In this fascinating and constructive new study, Keel Hunt has given readers here and beyond an invaluable guidebook to confronting and overcoming the most difficult of civic challenges.
— Jon Meacham, from his Foreword to Crossing the Aisle

Reviews of Coup, The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor

‘Every elected official in America should read it.’

“There was a time when government was willing to act. Keel Hunt was a key player on one such occasion in Tennessee and tells the story with elegance and precision. This book tells about government doing what's needed—quickly, without hand-wringing and without seeking partisan advantage. Every elected official in America should read.”

Phil Bredesen, Governor of Tennessee, 2003-2011

‘Unearthing drama in gripping detail.’

“In unearthing the drama in gripping detail, Keel Hunt assures that the 'dark day' will be remembered as a bright one in which conflicted politicians came together in the public interest.”

— John L. Seigenthaler

‘A testament to the can-do state of Tennessee.’

“There is so much to enjoy about this book whose title of Coup, connoting anarchy, violence and warring factions, ironically relates a success story of political rivals in transitioning power. It is a testament to the character of the people involved and also a testament to the can-do state of Tennessee”

Tennessee Bar Journal