Journalists From Mississippi

Journalists from Mississippi

  • Augustus Baldwin Longstreet Augustus Baldwin Longstreet
    Augustus Baldwin Longstreet was an American lawyer, minister, educator, and humorist, known for his book Georgia Scenes. He was the uncle of the senior Confederate General James Longstreet.
  • Ben Toledano
    Benjamin Casanas Toledano, known as Ben Toledano or Ben C. Toledano, is an attorney, author, and former politician originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, who has resided since 1991 in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
  • Bill Evans (meteorologist) Bill Evans (meteorologist)
    William Howard "Bill" Evans is an American meteorologist and the senior meteorologist for WABC-TV, the ABC affiliate in New York City.
  • Bill Minor
    Wilson Floyd Minor, was an American reporter, from Mississippi.
  • Bobby Pepper
    Robert Edward Pepper is an American journalist with the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo, Mississippi. Pepper, who resides in Guntown, Mississippi, is a 1985 graduate of the University of Mississippi. He also attended Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Mississippi.
  • Carolyn Haines Carolyn Haines
    Carolyn Haines, who uses the pseudonyms R.B. Chesterton, Caroline Burnes, and Lizzie Hart, is a prolific mystery author and former journalist specializing in mysteries set in the Mississippi Delta.
  • Clement Sulivane
    Clement Sulivane was an American Confederate veteran, lawyer, journalist and politician. He served in the Maryland Senate from 1878 to 1880.
  • Clinton LeSueur
    Clinton Bernard LeSueur is an African-American politician and journalist. A native of Holly Springs, Mississippi, he resides in Washington, D.C.
  • Corey Maclin
    Corey Maclin was an American television broadcaster, announcer, play-by-play commentator and politician, best known for his work in the U.S. state of Tennessee as a television sports reporter and professional wrestling announcer.
  • Cully Cobb
    Cully Alton Cobb, Sr., was an agricultural pioneer, educator, printer, journalist, and philanthropist in the American South who with his second wife, Lois Dowdle Cobb, co-founded the Cobb Institute of Archaeology on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.
  • Curtis Wilkie
    Curtis Wilkie is a journalist, college professor and historian of the American South.
  • Dale Thorn
    Jesse Dale Thorn, usually known as Dale Thorn or as J. Dale Thorn, was a journalist and professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who was the first press secretary during the 1970s to then Governor Edwin Edwards, a Democrat.
  • Dayn Perry
    Dayn Perry is an author and baseball journalist. He was also a special consultant for the San Diego Padres from 2001–2003.
  • Dennis Murphree
    Dennis Herron Murphree was a Mississippi politician. He was twice elected to the lieutenant governorship, once in 1923 and again in 1939. In each instance, he succeeded the governor who died in office and completed the term of his predecessor.
  • Donna Ladd Donna Ladd
    Donna K. Ladd is an American investigative journalist who helped create The Jackson Free Press, an award-winning freely distributed newsweekly.
  • Ed Hinton (sportswriter)
    Edward Talmage "Ed" Hinton is a former motorsports columnist for
  • Eric Etheridge
    Eric J. Etheridge is an American journalist and photographer who was the initial editor, in 1995, of George, the magazine co-founded by John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Frank Melton Frank Melton
    Frank Ervin Melton was the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, United States, from 4 July 2005 until his death on 7 May 2009.
  • George D. Hay
    George Dewey Hay was an American radio personality. He was the founder of the original Grand Ole Opry radio program on WSM-AM in Nashville, Tennessee, from which the country music stage show of the same name evolved.
  • Germany Kent
    Germany Kent is an American print and television journalist, former beauty queen, author, actress, businesswoman, model, producer, activist and philanthropist.
  • Helen Derr Helen Derr
    Helen Elizabeth Clark Derr was a nationally recognized journalist, religion writer, and editor during a career at the Alexandria Daily Town Talk that spanned from 1955 to 1977.
  • Henry R. Pease Henry R. Pease
    Henry Roberts Pease was a United States Senator from Mississippi.
  • Hodding Carter Hodding Carter
    William Hodding Carter, II, was a Southern U.S. progressive journalist and author.
  • Hodding Carter III Hodding Carter III
    William Hodding Carter III is an American journalist and politician best known for his role as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs in the Jimmy Carter administration.
  • Horace R. Cayton Sr.
    Horace Roscoe Cayton Sr. was an American journalist and political activist. The son of a slave and a white plantation owner's daughter, Cayton went to Seattle, Washington, in the early 1890s, launching his own newspaper, the Seattle Republican, in 1894.
  • Horace R. Cayton, Sr.
    Horace Roscoe Cayton, Sr. was an American journalist and political activist. The son of a slave and a white plantation owner's daughter, Cayton went to Seattle, Washington, in the early 1890s, launching his own newspaper, the Seattle Republican, in 1894.
  • Ida B. Wells Ida B. Wells
    Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, more commonly known as Ida B. Wells, was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist, Georgist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Ira B. Harkey Jr.
    Ira B. Harkey Jr. was an author of books, professor of journalism, and editor and publisher of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Chronicle-Star from 1951 to 1963.
  • Iris Kelso
    Iris Turner Kelso was a Mississippi-born journalist best known for her association with three newspapers in New Orleans, Louisiana, culminating with the remaining publication, New Orleans Times-Picayune.
  • Jack Germond Jack Germond
    John Worthen Germond, known as Jack Germond, was an American journalist, author, and pundit. His journalistic career spanned over 50 years; Germond wrote for the Washington Star and The Baltimore Sun.
  • Jack Nelson (journalist)
    John Howard "Jack" Nelson was an American journalist. He was praised for his coverage of the Watergate scandal, in particular, and he was described by New York Times editor Gene Roberts as "one of the most effective reporters in the civil rights era."
  • Jack R. Thornell
    Jack Randolph Thornell is an American photographer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his photo of James Meredith after the activist was attacked and wounded by a sniper during his June 1966 March Against Fear in Mississippi.
  • Jack Wardlaw
    Jack Dalton Wardlaw, was an American journalist who was a political writer and head of the capital bureau in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
  • James O'Donnell Bennett
    James O'Donnell Bennett was an American journalist and author.
  • James Street (novelist)
    James Howell Street was a United States journalist, minister, and writer of Southern historical novels.
  • Jerry Turner (anchorman) Jerry Turner (anchorman)
    Jerry Turner was an American television news anchorman at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. He was from Meridian, Mississippi and started working at the Baltimore television station in August 1962, starting the 6PM Newscast With Al Sanders in 1977.
  • Judith Toups
    Judith A. "Judy" Toups was a Mississippi-based birder and columnist for the Sun Herald of Biloxi for almost 35 years.
  • Kenneth L. Dixon
    Kenneth Lee "Ken" Dixon, was a prominent journalist who reported, edited, and penned columns for seven newspapers, including two in Louisiana -- Lake Charles and Baton Rouge. He was a war correspondent during World War II.
  • Lacy Banks
    Lacy J. Banks was an American sportswriter who worked for the Chicago Sun Times from 1972 until his death in 2012. The newspaper's first African-American sportswriter, Banks covered the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Bulls.
  • Larry Speakes
    Larry Melvin Speakes was an acting press spokesman for the White House under President Ronald Reagan, having held the position from 1981 to 1987.
  • Lewis Elliott Chaze Lewis Elliott Chaze
    Lewis Elliott Chaze was an American veteran, journalist, and novelist.
  • Mark Richard
    Mark Richard is an American short story writer, novelist, screenwriter, and poet. He is the author of two award-winning short story collections, The Ice at the Bottom of the World and Charity, a bestselling novel, Fishboy, and House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home.
  • Mary Cain (editor)
    Mary Dawson Cain was an American newspaper editor, political activist, and gubernatorial candidate in Mississippi. A Democrat, she advocated for conservative causes and is particularly remembered for her campaigns against the Social Security tax.
  • Maryon Pittman Allen Maryon Pittman Allen
    Maryon Pittman Allen is an American journalist who served as United States Senator from Alabama for five months in 1978, after her husband, Senator James B. Allen, died in office.
  • Myrlie Evers-Williams Myrlie Evers-Williams
    Myrlie Louise Evers–Williams is an American civil rights activist of the Civil Rights Movement and journalist who worked for over three decades to seek justice for the murder of her civil rights activist husband Medgar Evers in 1963.
  • Norman Albert Mott Norman Albert Mott
    Norman Albert Mott, was a member of the Mississippi Legislature in 1911.
  • Norman Robinson (television news reporter)
    Norman Hollis Robinson is a former news anchor for WDSU-TV New Orleans Channel 6, where he worked in the news department 1992 until his retirement in 2014.
  • Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey
    Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
  • Percy Greene
    Percy Greene travelled across the country spreading awareness of the mistreatment blacks endured at the polls. Greene is also the creator of the Jackson Advocate, Mississippi's first and oldest black-owned newspaper.
  • Randall Pinkston
    Randall Pinkston was a correspondent/anchor for Al Jazeera America. Previously he was with CBS News.
  • Robert Ivy
    Robert Ivy, FAIA, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects. Ivy was named CEO in 2011.
  • Rufus N. Rhodes Rufus N. Rhodes
    Rufus Napoleon Rhodes was the founder and managing editor of the Birmingham News from 1888 until his death.
  • Sam Chu Lin
    Samuel "Sam" Chu-Lin was an American journalist. Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Chu-Lin died at the age of 67 in Burbank, California. He became ill at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank after flying in from Phoenix and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, said his son, Mark.
  • Sarah Gray Miller
    Sarah Gray Miller is a former editor-in-chief of the American monthly lifestyle and decorating magazine Country Living, a Hearst Corporation publication. She later became editor of Modern Farmer.
  • Shepard Smith Shepard Smith
    David Shepard Smith Jr., known better as Shepard Smith or Shep Smith, is an American television news anchor. He is the former host of Fox Report with Shepard Smith and Studio B weekdays on Fox News Channel.
  • Stanley R. Tiner
    Stanley Ray Tiner, known as Stan Tiner, is the former executive editor and vice president of The Sun Herald newspaper in Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi, a post he held from May 2000 to August 31, 2015.
  • Tavis Smiley Tavis Smiley
    Tavis Smiley is an American talk show host and author. Smiley was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and grew up in Bunker Hill, Indiana. After attending Indiana University, he worked during the late 1980s as an aide to Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles.
  • Ted Jackson
    Ted M. Jackson Ted Jackson is an award-winning photo journalist, writer and public speaker who has spent over three decades exploring the human condition while covering news, sports and features for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • T. J. Holmes T. J. Holmes
    Loutelious "T. J." Holmes, Jr. is an American journalist and national television personality. Holmes first gained national prominence as an anchor and correspondent for CNN. He spent 5 years at the network anchoring CNN Saturday & Sunday Morning.
  • Turner Catledge Turner Catledge
    William Turner Catledge was an American journalist, best known for his work at The New York Times. He was Managing Editor from 1952-1964, at which time he became the paper's first Executive Editor.
  • Ty G. Allushuski
    Ty G. Allushuski is an American award-winning sports writer, editor, publisher, and renowned expert in the field of social media communications. He served as Assistant Director of Admissions at The University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Mississippi, United States.
  • Varina Anne Davis Varina Anne Davis
    Varina Anne "Winnie" Davis was an American author. A daughter of President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, she became known as "Daughter of the Confederacy", for her appearances with her father on behalf of Confederate veterans' groups.
  • William Raspberry William Raspberry
    William Raspberry was an American syndicated public affairs columnist. He was also the Knight Professor of the Practice of Communications and Journalism at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. An African American, he frequently wrote on racial issues.
  • Willie Morris
    William Weaks "Willie" Morris, was an American writer and editor born in Jackson, Mississippi, though his family later moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, which he immortalized in his works of prose.
  • Wirt Williams
    Wirt Williams was an American novelist, journalist, and professor of English who was three times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, once for reporting and twice for his fiction.
  • Wright Thompson
    Wright Thompson is a senior writer for and ESPN The Magazine. He formerly worked at The Kansas City Star and Times-Picayune in New Orleans.

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