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Public Relations


The Department of Communication has thousands of graduates.

Some of those are:

William Folkes

Promotions Producer at WFTV (ABC) in Orlando FL (DMA # 18).

Ben Hart

News Director at WISN-TV (ABC) in Milwaukee WI (DMA #36).

Tom Dees

Mississippi Correspondent” and Reporter for WHBQ-TV (FOX 13) in Memphis TN (DMA #51).

Jennifer Zeppelin

Meteorologist for KMTV-TV (CBS) in Omaha NE (DMA #69)

Lauren Wolverton

Digital Content Producer at WSAV-TV (NBC) in Savannah GA (DMA # 93).

Derek Rogers

General Manager at WCBI-TV (CBS) in Columbus MS (DMA #133)

Cash Matlock

Multimedia Journalist and Anchor at WCBI-TV (CBS) in Columbus MS (DMA # 133).

Stephanie Poole

Multimedia Journalist at WCBI-TV (CBS) in Columbus MS (DMA # 133).

Jordan Darensbourg

Meteorologist at WDTV (CBS) in Weston West Virginia (DMA #170)

Bailey Pulliam

Works for SEC Network.

Stephan Tribble

Associate Director of Broadcast Operations at Hail State Productions at Mississippi State University.

Alyssa Martin

Anchor/Reporter WTVA-TV Tupelo MS (DMA # 133).

Layne Bruce

Executive Director Mississippi Press Association Jackson Mississippi

Bobby Berry

COO Morris Multimedia Savannah GA 1985

Dustin Barnes

Digital Editor Digital Strategist The Tennessean Nashville TN 2005

Anthony Craven

Director WMSV-FM radio Starkville MS 2001

Jordan Dear

Radio Personality and Production Director WWDE-FM Virginia Beach VA 2014

Chris Heller

Copy Editor Southern Poverty Law Center Montgomery AL 2001

Alex Holloway

News Manager/Copywriter University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison WI 2013

Susan Lassetter

Publications Editor Mississippi State University Starkville MS 2007

Joseph McCain

Publisher Louisville Publishing Company Louisville MS 1994

Danny Smith

Sports Editor Starkville Daily News Starkville MS 1990

Anna Wolfe

Investigative Reporter Mississippi Today Jackson MS 2014  

Joe Lee

Author and Editor-in-Chief at Dogwood Press in Brandon MS.  

Marc Rolph

Director of Public Affairs at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson MS.

Jenny Wilburn

Senior Content Marketing Manager for INVISTA a Koch Industries fiber resin and intermediates company in Atlanta Georgia

Greg Barker

Executive Vice President of Customer Services Alabama Power

Lindsay Linhares

Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

Brett Aldridge

Vice President of Strategy and Business Baptist Health Care

Lynn Phillips

Gaines recognized by InvestmentNews as a “Women to Watch” honoree

Camille ScalesYoung

Mississippi Power Board of Directors & Principal and Director at Cornerstone Government Affairs

Melissa 'Mel' Sparks

Class of 2022. Columbia University School of the Arts MFA Stage Management student.

Olivia Bounds Dunwoody

Theatre Teacher/Director and Broadcasting Teacher, Biloxi High School

Mackenzie Dunn

3rd yr MFA candidate in Costume Design and Tech at USM

Austin Howeth

Education Fellow at Florida Studio Theatre. Teaching artist and tour manager for the touring Playmakers show at Florida Studio Theatre

Chris Tyer

Class of 2004. Charlotte, NC 15 years Director/Teacher at Stagedoor Manor Theatre Arts Training Camp. Freelance Director/Technician/Deck Chief/Crew

Luke Manual McFatrich

Digital Development Associate/Improv Director at Venice Theatre in Venice, FL. Freelance Director/Actor/Teacher in Sarasota.

Lindsey Eubanks

Spinraza Ambassador for Biogen, Cure SMA advocacy chair MS/AL chapter, loan officer assistant at MS Lending, LLC.

Kristin "KJ” James

Voice Actor

Jarrod Bates

Internationally touring performer doing clown and physical acting with Cirque du Soleil and Strut & Fret (Australia) Certified mask and physical comedy teacher trained by Christopher Bayes (Head of Physical Acting, Yale School of Drama) would love to talk about coming down to teach an intensive workshop in the spring

Simone Cottrell

Class of 2008 Fayetteville. AR Multidisciplinary theatre-maker working with historically oppressed communities to bring their stories to the stage. Artist INC Fellow 2019, Artist 3 60 Grant (Mid-America Arts Alliance & Walton Family Foundation), Interchange Grant (M-AAA & Andrew W. Mellon Foundation).

Will Cooper

Actor, film/tv/commercial currently in LA . My website

Jonette Shurden

Class of 2009 Starkville, MS - Owner/Instructor, The Studio Barre & Wellness - General Manager, 929 Coffee Bar-Instructor/Choreographer, APEX Dance Company - Freelance Choreographer, mostly with MSU, SHS, Summer Scholars, etc.

Tolden Williams

Event coordinator for Airbnb Concerts, Atlanta Event coordinator for Deep Eddy Vodka, and professional musician.

Jonathan Reeves

Class of 2003. Facility Manager, Porthouse Theatre, Akron Ohio. 2003-2008 Florida Studio Theatre. Multiple positions including House Manager, Assistant Box Office / Cabaret Manager, Development Associate, Donor Services Coordinator. 2016-2017 Theatre Teacher, Cook Elementary School, Columbus, MS 2018- Present Theatre Director, West Point High School, West Point, MS.