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Carolyn Wilson

 

Mississippi Press Association
Inducted July 8, 2017

 

Carolyn Wilson, of Sandy Hook, served as executive director of MPA for 22 years.

Wilson was one of only two employees when she joined the Association staff in 1982. She was promoted to executive director in 1985. Under her leadership, the organization grew to a peak of a dozen employees and handled over $5 million in advertising placements for its member papers through its business subsidiary, Mississippi Press Services.

An Arkansas native, Wilson worked on behalf of newspaper members on such cornerstone issues as open records and sunshine laws, as well as internships for journalism students and continuing education for member employees. She was also key in the purchase of two headquarters locations for MPA in 1987 and 2002.

She retired in 2007 but continued to consult with MPA on contract through 2009.

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