Cathy Elliott

Cathy Elliott is a NASCAR writer and enthusiast who began her journalism career in 1994 as a columnist for Darlington, South Carolina's hometown newspaper, The News and Press. By 1995, she was named the publication's first female editor. In 1996, she went on to co-found the weekly arts and entertainment magazine Five O'clock Friday.

In 2000, Elliott switched gears to NASCAR, working as Darlington Raceway's director of public relations for 7 years. She began writing her On NASCAR column in September 2007, a weekly opinion column nationally syndicated through the NASCAR Public Relations department's media Web site.

She returned to the News and Press in 2007, where she currently works as both editor and publisher.

Elliott is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association and the South Carolina Press Association. She has received numerous awards for excellence in journalism.

A native of North Carolina's Outer Banks, she has lived in the Darlington, South Carolina area since 1993. She loves stock car racing, beagles, the beach, and the UNC Tarheels, though not necessarily in that order.