Our Staff


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. fred@mississippitoday.org

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 conributions to journalism in Mississippi. dmoore@mississippitoday.org

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. rlnave@mississippitoday.org


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. kendra@mississippitoday.org

Gabriel Austin is Mississippi Today’s video editor. At WTVA in Tupelo, he was a multimedia journalist and weekend anchor and producer. Austin, a graduate of the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi, is from Crystal Springs. gabriel@mississippitoday.org

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. larrison@mississippitoday.org

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. adam@mississippitoday.org

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. sereena@mississippitoday.org

Ashley F. G. Norwood,  a native of Jackson, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Jackson State University and a master’s degree from the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi.  Norwood, who specializes in multimedia journalism, has been recognized nationally for her documentary film the fly in the buttermilk, which covers the history, perceptions and principles of black Greek-lettered organizations at the University of Mississippi. ashley@mississippitoday.org

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. kate@mississippitoday.org

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.  kayleigh@mississippitoday.org

Zachary Oren Smith graduated in May 2016 from Millsaps College with a degree in communication studies and English literature. While a college student, he was a news intern at the Jackson Free Press. In 2014, he worked as a literacy and writing instructor for the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium in East Cleveland, Ohio. zach@mississippitoday.org

Aallyah Wright, is a Clarksdale native and a graduate of Delta State University with a degree in journalism with a minor in communications and theatre. 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. Aallyah@mississippitoday.org

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. mpope@mississippitoday.org

Development Director

Karen Miller is a Mississippi Delta native and has been a resident of the Jackson Metro Area for more than 20 years. Before joining Mississippi Today, Miller served as development director for a national non-profit organization, acquiring several years of experience in fund raising, event planning, advertising and board development. Miller received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama. karen@mississippitoday.org

Operations and Development Assistant

Sarah-Anne Powers is a 2014 graduate of Sam Houston State University with a degree in business administration and serves as the operations and development assistant.  On a day-to-day basis, she assists with communications with donors and members, advertising, financial matters, personnel and other administrative details. She also helps coordinate and run events throughout the state for Mississippi Today. Powers is from Kingwood, Texas. sarahanne@mississippitoday.org