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 and legislative reporter. Now the managing editor, she works with a newsroom of photographers and journalists to create quality and impactful journalism for Mississippians.
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.
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.
Bethany works as a member of the Audience Team building and maintaining a diverse community of loyal Mississippi Today readers. She uses design to create reader-focused content and products to engage with readers across platforms, including our website, newsletters, mobile app and social channels. She is also responsible for growing and enhancing our membership program.
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.
Mina, a California native, covers the criminal justice system. Before joining Mississippi Today, she was a reporter for the Clarion Ledger and newspapers in Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and USA Today.
Nigel, a Natchez native, works on the Audience Team as an audience journalist, where he engages with readers, creates audience-centered resources and distributes Mississippi Today’s news across various digital platforms.
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.
POVERTY & BREAKING NEWS Reporter
Julia, a native of Mandeville, La., recently completed an investigative reporting internship with Mississippi Today. In that role, she closely covered the sprawling welfare scandal and public education. Continuing that work, she will also work closely with Mississippi Today’s breaking news team.
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.
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. 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.
COMMUNITY HEALTH EDITOR
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. Kate became Mississippi Today’s first community health editor in January 2022.
Alex, from New York City, is Mississippi Today’s data and environment reporter. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Open Secrets, and on NBC.com. In 2019, Alex was a grantee through the Pulitzer Center’s Connected Coastlines program, which supported his coverage around the impact of climate change on Mississippi fisheries.
Eric J. Shelton
COMMUNITY HEALTH PHOTOJOURNALIST
Eric, a native of Columbia, is a photojournalist focused on healthcare in Mississippi. Eric’s journalism career started with an internship at the Associated Press in Boston. He later worked for daily newspapers as a photojournalist in Central and East Texas. He also worked for the Hattiesburg American and the Clarion Ledger in Mississippi. Eric was a 2018 corps member in Report for America, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. He rejoined Mississippi Today as our community health photojournalist in January 2022.
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.
community health Reporter
Isabelle, an Atlanta native, covers health as part of Mississippi Today’s community health team. Prior to joining Mississippi Today, she was a reporter for the Biloxi Sun Herald and a Report for America corps member.
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 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year.