Our Staff

Executive Director

Mary Margaret White served as marketing and branding manager for 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 and advisory committee member for the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.  [email protected]

Editor-in-Chief

Ryan L. Nave is an original member of the Mississippi Today editorial team and became news editor August 2016. He 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]

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. hp[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 co-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. [email protected]

 

Reporters

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]

 

Bobby Harrison has been covering state government and politics since 1995 – previously for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo. Harrison, a Jones County native, worked in multiple other capacities for the Daily Journal ranging from sports writer and sports editor to news editor. Harrison is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. [email protected]

 

Sereena Henderson is the social media 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]

 

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Erica Hensley joins Mississippi Today as an investigative and data reporter. Hensley earned a B.A. in print journalism from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in health and medical journalism from the University of Georgia. Her writing has appeared on Rural Health Quarterly, WebMD and Georgia Health News. [email protected]

 

Michelle Liu is a 2018 corps member in Report for America, a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms. Originally from College Station, Texas, she graduated from Yale University in May 2018. She has interned at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, New Haven Independent and Toledo Blade. [email protected]

 

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

 

 

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Eric J. Shelton is a 2018 corps member in Report for America, a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. Shelton began his photojournalism career with the Associated Press after graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has since worked across Texas and Mississippi as a photojournalist, most recently serving as photo editor of the Killeen Daily Herald. Throughout his career, Shelton has documented issues concerning drug abuse and poverty, and he has won awards from the Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors and the Arkansas Press Photographers Association. [email protected]

 

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]

 

Anna Wolfe joined the Mississippi Today team in September 2018 and writes about poverty and equity across the state. She spent three years covering city and state politics and health care at the Clarion Ledger, where she earned Mississippi Press Association’s Bill Minor Prize for Investigative Reporting for her stories on hunger in the Mississippi Delta. She also previously worked as an investigative reporter at the Jackson Free Press and for the Center for Public Integrity. Wolfe is a native of Washington state and graduated from Mississippi State University in 2014. [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]

 

Columnist

Rick Cleveland, Mississippi Today’s sports columnist, was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in August 2017, joining many of the sports figures he has written about in 50-plus years covering Mississippi sports. He has been honored as Mississippi Sportswriter of the Year a record 10 times by the National Sports Media Foundation. Rick was executive director and historian of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and sports editor of The Clarion-Ledger before joining Mississippi Today. [email protected]

 

Business & Marketing Assistant

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Elizabeth Hambuchen, originally from Conway, Ark., is a recent graduate of Millsaps College. While at Millsaps, she studied communications, business administration and political science. Before joining Mississippi Today, she was an intern in the Mississippi House of Representatives during the 2018 legislative session. [email protected]