We're thrilled to see that our very own editor-in-chief, Donna Ladd, is featured by Southern Living this month as one of their "Innovators Changing the South." The magazine calls Donna "an old-fashioned muck-raking journalist with a sharp modern voice."
It's been right at 15 years since Donna left New York with a mid-career master's degree in journalism from Columbia University to spend time in her home state reporting; after a few months (and 9-11) it became clear she'd be home for a while; in 2002, the Jackson Free Press was born.
Other innovators featured include Dolly Parton, the Alabama Shakes, Aziz Ansari, Jon Batiste, Reese Witherspoon, football player Benjamin Watson (formerly of the Saints), author Jesmyn Ward, and Greg Gandy and Krista Shows of Mississippi Modern.
We're super proud of Donna and thank Southern Living for recognizing her role in and passion for lifting up and changing the South!