Mississippi Today political reporter Bobby Harrison talks with state Rep. Chris Bell, D-Jackson, about his new role as Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus chair. Bell is taking over for Sen. Angela Turner Ford, D-West Point, who held the post for four years. He talks about the role of the 53-member Black Caucus in the legislative process and the plans for the group during this year’s state elections.


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Bobby Harrison, Mississippi Today’s senior capitol reporter, covers politics, government and the Mississippi State Legislature. He also writes a weekly news analysis which is co-published in newspapers statewide. A native of Laurel, Bobby joined our team June 2018 after working for the North Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo since 1984. He is president of the Mississippi Capitol Press Corps Association and works with the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute to organize press luncheons. Bobby has a bachelor's in American Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi and has received multiple awards from the Mississippi Press Association, including the Bill Minor Best Investigative/In-depth Reporting and Best Commentary Column.