Edgar T. Crisler
The Port Gibson Reveille
Inducted June 27, 2008
Edgar T. Crisler Jr. served as editor and publisher of the Port Gibson Reveille. He was born in 1935 in Vicksburg. His widow, Emma Crisler, continues to serve publisher of the Reveille today.
He earned a BA degree in English from Southwestern (Rhodes) College in Memphis before returning to his family’s newspaper in Port Gibson. He became editor of the newspaper upon the death of his father, Edgar Crisler Sr., a former MPA president, in 1975.
According to Emma Crisler, her husband’s “expertise in investigative reporting” aided in his coverage of corruption of public officials. Among the numerous awards presented to Crisler from MPA was a 1981 prize for Best Investigative Reporting.
During his tenure, the newspaper covered critical community events such as an NAACP boycott of local businesses and the building of the Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant.
Crisler is also credited with diversifying the content of the newspaper to cover news of relevance to citizens of all races.