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Community Health Editor

Kate Royals is a Jackson native and returned to Mississippi Today as the lead education reporter after serving in the same capacity from 2016 to 2018. Prior to that, she was a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger covering education and state government. Kate became Mississippi Today’s first community health editor in January 2022. She won awards for her investigative work, including stories about the state’s campaign finance laws and prison system. She was a news producer at MassLive in Springfield, Mass., after graduating from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communications with a master’s degree in communications.

“Whether during a pandemic or ‘normal’ times, I can’t think of a more important topic to write about than the education of our children. Mississippi’s future is being shaped in the classroom, and I feel lucky to write about it. My goal is to write stories that reveal how the policies formed at the Capitol in Jackson affect educators and students in every corner of the state, for better or worse.”

— Kate Royals