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There could be a vote this AM, depending on the westher. Jackson hears Coast pleas to spend BP money in South Mississippi #msleg  http://www.sunherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article194795429.html 
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What was your first job as a journalist?

Ad salesman at my hometown weekly newspaper. I became a reporter/photographer after a few weeks.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes. And a Linotype.

How is social media changing news?

It's making it less reliable. I could spend 24 hours knocking false stories on Facebook and Twitter. I believe it will get better.

Awards

Pulitzer Prize

During Katrina, I was in Columbus, Ga., with a team from the Sun Herald and Knight-Ridder that produced the papers that won the Pulitzer for Public Service and a special SND award.