Arnessa Garrett has worked at newspapers for more than 20 years, beginning at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where she started as a reporting intern for the Metro section. She has focused on issues of criminal justice, violence and trauma throughout her career.
Before coming to The Dallas Morning News, Garrett worked for The Daily Advertiser, her hometown newspaper in Lafayette, Louisiana. As assistant Metro editor there, she edited a special report on domestic violence that won the newspaper the 2006 Dart Award. She was then tapped to help shape the paper's new stand-alone business section and later became its senior editor for news. Before coming to The Daily Advertiser, Garrett spents seven years on the copy desk of The Boston Globe.