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Since 1990, the Mississippi Press Association has "roasted" Mississippi journalists, celebrities and politicians in good humor as a benefit for the MPA Education Foundation. Traditionally held during the  MPA Mid-Winter Conference in Jackson each January, the Foundation Roast has become a much-anticipated evening of good fun and fundraising to assist the philanthropic endeavors of MPAEF. Our roastmaster is syndicated political columnist Sid Salter, a past president of MPA and past chairman of the MPAEF Foundation.

Below is a list of individuals who've been the subject of barbs, witicisms and even a little bit of adulation as the honorees at past MPAEF roasts. Honorees are announced each fall in advance of the event and ticket sales begin in November.

Past MPAEF Roast Honorees

1990
W.C. "Dub" Shoemaker
Retired newspaper publisher
 

2003
Trent Lott
Retired U.S. Senator
 

1991
Dr. Will Norton
journalist and educator
 

2004
Mike Moore
Former MS Attorney General
 

1992
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran
R–Mississippi
 

2005
Former Gov. Haley R. Barbour
R–Mississippi
 

1993
The late Jerry Clower
Comedian and entertainer

2006
Amy Tuck
Former Lieutenant Governor
 

1996
The late Jim Buck Ross
Longtime Agriculture Commissioner
 

2007
Robert Khayat
Former Ole Miss chancellor
 

1997
Bill Minor
Mississippi political columnist
 

2008
Anthony Topazi
Former CEO, Mississippi Power
 

1998
The late Philip Martin
Former Choctaw tribal chief
 

2009
Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant
R–Mississippi
 

1999
Sid Salter
Journalist
 

2010
Blake Wilson
CEO, Mississippi Economic Council
 

2000
Rick Cleveland
Journalist
 

2011
Dr. Mark Keenum
President, Mississippi State University
 

2001
The late G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery
longtime U.S. Congressman
 

2012
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves
R-Mississippi
 

2002
Justice Rueben Anderson
Retired Supreme Court Justice
 

2013
Aubrey Patterson
Retired Chairman, BancorpSouth
 

Contact:
Monica Gilmer, Member Services Manager
Mississippi Press Association
601-981-3060 x221
 

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