Our Staff

Co-Editors

Fred Anklam Jr., a 1977 graduate of the University of Mississippi, spent more than six years working for The Clarion-Ledger, including a reporting role on the team that earned the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Public Service in 1983 for its coverage of Gov. William Winter’s education reform package. Anklam was a reporter in Washington, D.C., for Gannett News Service and then spent 29 years at USA TODAY as a reporter and editor, retiring in May 2015 as senior night editor. In 2015, Anklam was awarded the University of Mississippi’s Silver Em Award for his contributions to journalism. His ties to Mississippi began in 1968 when he attended and later graduated from St. Aloysius High School in Vicksburg. [email protected]

Dennis Moore returns to Mississippi after working at USA TODAY and The Orlando Sentinel. After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism, he reported and edited for The Clarion-Ledger. In Orlando, he served as editor in chief of Florida, the award-winning Sunday magazine. At USA TODAY, Moore was Managing Editor of the Life section, covering the entertainment industry and reporting from the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. He then moved to USA TODAY and usatoday.com’s News department, where he directed the staff’s coverage of national breaking news events. Moore received the Meek School of Journalism and New Media’s Silver Em award in 2017 for his contributions to journalism in Mississippi. [email protected]

Managing Editor

Harvey Parson is a 1983 graduate of Mississippi State University and has nearly 30 years of newspaper experience, including leadership roles in Arizona, Georgia and Ohio. At the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Ariz., where he worked for 17 years, Parson wore many hats including that of News Editor and City Editor for the East Valley. He moved to Atlanta in 2004 and served as Senior Editor for nights for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution until 2012 when he moved to Dayton, Ohio, where he was the Copy Desk Operations Manager for Cox Media Group, a division of Cox Enterprises whose properties include the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Parson was born in Northeast Mississippi and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1979. [email protected]

News Editor

Ryan L. Nave, who also reports on state government, previously was news editor at the Jackson Free Press, where he reported on local, state and national issues. Before coming to Mississippi in 2011, he was a freelance journalist in Albuquerque, N.M., Boulder, Colo., and Seattle covering environmental-business issues. Prior to that, he covered local and state government and Barack Obama’s presidential campaign for the Illinois Times. Nave was a 2010-2011 Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism Fellow at the University of Colorado-Boulder and a 2004 Academy for Alternative Journalism fellow at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. A native of University City, Mo., he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. [email protected]

Web Editor

Lauchlin Fields began her career as a journalist at The Vicksburg Post as a features writer and tourism and city government reporter. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she earned a bachelor’s in Southern Studies. She is the founder, publisher and editor of The ’Sip Magazine, an award-winning, quarterly print magazine that celebrates the people, places and culture of Mississippi. She also owns and operates Front Porch Fodder, a web and graphic design and social media company dedicated to branding and promoting businesses, organizations, events and publications.

Reporters

Kendra Ablaza covered government and politics at the Laredo (Texas) Morning Times and Orange County (Calif.) Register. She is a graduate of California State University-Long Beach, where she studied political science and journalism. Ablaza is from Los Angeles. [email protected]

Larrison Campbell is a Greenville native, returning to Mississippi after more than a decade on the East and West Coasts. She worked in development at ABC and as a writer at CBS, TBS and FX. Campbell earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Wesleyan University. She got her start in journalism writing for the Hartford Courant. [email protected]

Kelsey Davis, a reporter based in the Delta covering education, came to Mississippi from Montgomery, Alabama. She worked for two and a half years at the Montgomery Advertiser covering courts, but she also won awards for her reporting on public housing and the life of a parolee re-entering society. Before that she lived in Texas where she wrote about toxic waste. She graduated from Auburn University and was raised in Mobile. [email protected]

Adam Ganucheau, who covers issues involving state government, has been a staff reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson and The Birmingham News/AL.com. Ganucheau, a graduate of the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi, is from Hazlehurst. [email protected]

Sereena Henderson is the social media/audience engagement coordinator for Mississippi Today. Henderson is from Pass Christian on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  In May 2016, she graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she studied broadcast journalism. As a college student, she worked as an anchor and correspondent for NewsWatch Ole Miss and interned at WLOX-TV 13 in Biloxi. She also served as a freelance reporter for WTVA in Tupelo and Memphis Action News 5. Her college TV reporting, specifically her multimedia coverage of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, earned a Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters award and a Society of Professional Journalist National Mark of Excellence Award. [email protected]

Kate Royals is a Jackson native who previously worked as a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger covering education and state government. 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. She attended Millsaps College. [email protected]

Alex Rozier covers data and culture and creates graphics for Mississippi Today. He attended Boston University’s College of Communication.

Kayleigh Skinner covers issues involving state government and education. Prior to joining Mississippi Today, she reported on local and statewide education issues for The Hechinger Report and Chalkbeat Tennessee. She most recently served as a general assignment reporter for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. Kayleigh is a graduate of the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi.  [email protected]

Aallyah Wright is a Clarksdale native and a graduate of Delta State University with a degree in journalism with a minor in communications and theater. Before joining Mississippi Today as a Delta-based reporter, Aallyah worked as an intern for the Bolivar Commercial in 2016. She also has worked collaboratively with the Center for Investigative Reporting and Reveal alongside the Delta Arts Alliance on an ongoing interactive community news project that created a platform for stories from Cleveland, Miss., through the lens of history, equality and change titled the Cleveland Yearbook. [email protected]

Chief Operating Officer

Mandy Pope was in senior leadership at a NYSE company for approximately 16 years where she served as Chief Accounting Officer, as well as being in charge of investor relations and corporate governance. She is a CPA and obtained the Silas M. Simmons Bronze Medal Award for achieving the 3rd highest grade on the CPA exam in the state of Mississippi.  She has been recognized as one of Mississippi’s Leading Business Women and highlighted in the Journal of Accountancy as a “Rising Star” for women in accounting. Pope received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. [email protected]

Marketing and Branding Director

Mary Margaret White comes to Mississippi Today after eight years with the State of Mississippi, working for both the Mississippi Arts Commission and Visit Mississippi/Mississippi Development Authority, where she focused primarily on asset and economic development through arts, culture and tourism. She holds an MA in Southern Studies from the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, where she also earned a degree in journalism. Mary Margaret is the host of “Next Stop Mississippi,” a weekly hour-long program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Radio, and is a board member of the Mississippi Book Festival.  [email protected]