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Mississippi Today is pleased to announce Adam Ganucheau as permanent Editor-in-Chief.
Ganucheau joined Mississippi Today pre-launch in 2016 as a politics and state government reporter, advanced to a senior staff member and has most recently served as interim editor-in-chief.
“Adam hit the ground running and has built an editorial vision for our newsroom that amplifies our mission and puts readers at the heart of everything we do,” said Mary Margaret White, CEO and Executive Director of Mississippi Today. “From his years as a reporter, he intrinsically understands our strengths and where we have room to grow. Our team could not be more enthusiastic about having him as the permanent leader for our newsroom.”
As part of Ganucheau’s editorial vision for Mississippi Today, the newsroom will align on a three-pillar strategy to reach readers of all backgrounds, further establish our political coverage as an authoritative voice and grow our local, community-based coverage of education, racial and gender equity, jobs and criminal justice. Ganucheau is working alongside Managing Editor Harvey Parson and Deputy Managing Editor Kayleigh Skinner to realign staffing and editorial processes to better serve the information needs of Mississippi.
“We must fill gaps that no one else can, and we must focus our efforts on newsroom partnerships to keep Mississippi journalism alive,” said Ganucheau in a company-wide memo. “We will hold the state’s most powerful people accountable with relentless energy and provide Mississippians with background, context and depth that they need to understand and engage with their government. We will do this thoughtfully, and we will do this well.”
Ganucheau, who closely covered the 2018 and 2019 statewide elections and hosts the state’s only weekly political podcast, earned his bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Mississippi. A native of Hazlehurst, Ganucheau has worked as a staff reporter for AL.com, The Birmingham News and The Clarion Ledger, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“There’s never been a more crucial time for thoughtful journalism that exposes societal and governmental inequities that have long been ignored, specifically in Mississippi,” Ganucheau said. “Our journalists have been doing this for years, but we all know there’s much more work to do. I couldn’t be more humbled and eager to grow that mission and shape our coverage moving forward.”