Kayleigh Skinner joined the Mississippi Today staff in January 2017 as an education reporter and has advanced to a senior staff member in her three years with the company. Skinner most recently served as deputy managing editor before assuming the role of managing editor.
Skinner, a native of Canada, earned her bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Mississippi and has covered education in the South for six years. At Mississippi Today, she has focused on education and politics and how they intersect to impact the lives of people in Mississippi. She was a member of the 2018 class of the ProPublica and Ida B. Wells Society Data Institute and has appeared on MSNBC, NPR, and BBC Newsday Radio to discuss her reporting.
Before joining Mississippi Today, Kayleigh worked at The Hechinger Report, Chalkbeat Tennessee, and The Commercial Appeal.
“Access to information and original, fact-based contextual reporting is imperative for Mississippians to engage with their state and participate in democracy. We take that responsibility — providing our state with the news and information they need while holding its leaders accountable — very seriously at Mississippi Today.”— Kayleigh Skinner
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Skinner will work alongside Editor-in-Chief Adam Ganucheau to manage the newsroom’s daily and enterprise reporting, and craft broader editorial strategy.