Mississippi Stories: Nic Lott

In the inaugural episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor at Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Nic Lott. Lott is a public servant who was the first African-American student body president elected at the University of Mississippi. Lott defeated five other candidates in the history-making event for the state’s oldest university.

He has previously worked under Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts and has interned in The White House during President George W. Bush’s first year in office. During the 2003 Mississippi gubernatorial campaign, Lott was director of youth outreach for GOP nominee Haley Barbour. Following Barbour’s victory, Lott joined Barbour’s administration as senior advisor for communications and public safety issues for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He also served as an administrator for the Office of Justice Programs under the Department of Public Safety.

Lott is currently a consultant and vows to find ways to continue to improve Mississippi.

Season One: Episode One.


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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.