G. Wayne Dowdy is the agency manager of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center's history department and Memphis and Shelby County Room. He holds a Master's Degree in history from the University of Arkansas, is a certified archives manager and is a former member of the Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board. He is the author of Mayor Crump don't like it: Machine Politics in Memphis; Hidden History of Memphis; Crusades for Freedom: Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South, a Brief History of Memphis and On This Day in Memphis History. Dowdy has served as a consultant for the NBC-TV series who do you think you are?, the PBS series History Detectives: Special Investigation and the HBO/Cinemax series Quarry. The host of the WYPL-TV program the Memphis Room, Dowdy has appeared on C-Span, NOS Dutch Public Radio and the documentaries Overton Park: a Century of Change, Memphis memoirs: Downtown and Citizens not Subjects: Reawakening Democracy in Memphis. In 2015 he was awarded the Tennessee Historical Commission's Certificate of Merit for his book On This Day in Memphis History.