Mary Margaret White
Chief executive officer
Mary Margaret is the CEO of Mississippi Today. She works closely with the Mississippi Today leadership team to ensure collaboration and mission alignment throughout our nonprofit newsroom. Mary Margaret builds relationships with foundations, grant makers and impact donors to ensure reporters have the financial support they need to do their work.
Adam, named Mississippi Today’s editor-in-chief April 2020, has covered politics and state government for Mississippi Today since February 2016. Adam oversees the newsroom and works with the editorial team to produce high-quality journalism in the public interest.
Kayleigh 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.
Audience Development Director
A former newspaper reporter and magazine editor/publisher, Lauchlin served as web manager for Mississippi Today before the site launched in 2016, a role she maintained until joining the team full-time as web editor August 2017. As Audience Development Director, she leads a dedicated Audience Team and works closely with all staff to foster an audience engagement mindset across the organization.
Marshall, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. Marshall can often be found in communities across Mississippi, promoting public conversations about the news and inspiring audiences to engage in civic life.
Donor Relations Director
Michelle joins the staff of Mississippi Today as the Donor Relations Director following a successful 15-year not-for-profit fundraising career. Michelle has held leadership positions with Children’s of Mississippi, the American Heart Association and JDRF where she was instrumental in philanthropic development as well as implementing mission related strategies.
Linden manages the business finances and operations at Mississippi Today. He previously worked as a senior auditor for Matthews, Cutrer, & Lindsay P.A., and as a real estate sales agent for Nix-Tann & Associates.
Membership & Audience Manager
Elizabeth manages our membership program, assists with audience development strategies and works with editorial staff to engage with our readers. Elizabeth’s focus has been on expanding our audience and engaging with readers in meaningful ways. As an inaugural member of the Audience Team at Mississippi Today, she works across the organization to improve reader experience and grow the organization.
Product Engagement Coordinator
Alyssa, as an integral part of the Audience Team, manages our social media platforms, curates our daily and weekly newsletters and works on strategies to grow and engage with our readers by delivering content and resources through various platforms and products.
Kelsey Davis Betz
Education Reporter, Delta Bureau
Kelsey is from Mobile, Ala., and currently lives in Cleveland, where she works as one of our Mississippi Delta-based reporters covering education and intersecting issues.
Brittany is Mississippi Today’s Justice Reporter, covering the state’s justice system with an eye for racial justice and inequity. Brittany formerly served as Mississippi Today’s inaugural Emerging Reporters Fellow.
ECONOMY & JOBS REPORTER
Sara, Mississippi Today’s first economy and jobs reporter, covers economic development and job creation in Mississippi. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Sara is the newsroom’s first reporter based on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Senior Political Reporter
Bobby, Mississippi Today’s senior capitol reporter, covers politics, government and the Mississippi State Legislature. He also writes a weekly analysis.
Vickie D. King
Vickie has experience as a professional photographer spanning 35 years. She is the former photographer, Special Projects Officer IV, Staff Officer I, videographer and online content producer for the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a former photojournalist. She is also a Pulitzer Prize nominee for Spot News.
EMERGING REPORTERS FELLOW
Candace, a Raymond native, earned an associate’s degree from Hinds Community College before transferring to Millsaps College, where she will graduate summer 2021. During her time at Millsaps McKenzie served as editor-in-chief of The Purple and White student newspaper and collaborated with administration, alumni, students, and several others to revive the once non-existent paper to a place of importance on the campus.
Candace previously worked with Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting on a comparative report between Mississippi and Texas regarding domestic violence against women of color.
HIGHER EDUCATION REPORTER
Molly, a Florida native, joins Mississippi Today as the newest member of the education team. Her work will be in partnership with Open Campus, a nonprofit news organization focused on higher education, and the Woodward Hines Education Foundation, a Mississippi nonprofit that believes postsecondary degrees and credentials are vital in improving the lives of Mississippians, building communities and strengthening our workforce. Prior to joining Mississippi Today, Minta worked for The Nation and The Appeal.
Senior Political Reporter
Geoff serves as Senior Political Reporter, working closely with Mississippi Today leadership on editorial strategy and investigations. Pender brings 30 years of political and government reporting experience to Mississippi Today.
Sales & Marketing Director
Candi joins the staff of Mississippi Today as Sales & Marketing Director after a combined 12-year career in digital marketing sales, corporate relationship development and social media management between The Clarion-Ledger Media Group and United Way of the Capital Area. As a top-performing professional, she has received numerous sales awards and distinctions.
Lead Education Reporter
Kate 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.
Alex, a native of New York City, is Mississippi Today’s data reporter. He analyzes data and creates visuals for numbers that inform our stories. He also reports on the environment, transportation and Mississippi culture and is a member of the engagement team.
HEALTHCARE & BREAKING NEWS Reporter
Will, a native of Vicksburg, covers all things public health in Mississippi with a specific focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. He looks closely at public health trends and challenges across the state, with a keen eye toward reproductive justice and women and girls’ health.
Anna, a native of Tacoma, Wa., is an investigative reporter specifically reporting on poverty and economic justice and the intersection between beats.
Rick, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Hattiesburg American, Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger as a reporter, editor and columnist. He was executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers. Rick has authored four books and has been recognized 14 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year.