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Norma Lee Fields

 

1923-2010


Correspondent & Columnist

Inducted June 21, 2013

 

Norma Fields, who worked for many years as the Tupelo newspaper’s Jackson-based correspondent, was a longtime syndicated state political columnist. She died in 2010 at the age of 86.

“The world of journalism won’t soon see another like Norma,” said fellow columnist Bill Minor, a contemporary and close friend. “It didn’t matter who or what rank the news subject was, Norma Fields came after him with hammer and tongs.

“Feisty was an understatement when describing (her) news reporter style.”

A self-taught reporter, Fields was the first female journalist inducted into the Mississippi chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the professional journalism society, an honor for which Minor sponsored her.

The wife of the late Robert B. Fields, she was an Air Force wife prior to her journalism career. She eventually became a stringer and then reporter for the Daily Journal. In her 2010 obituary, Fields’ family described bootleggers and the Ku Klux Klan as early foes during her career.

“Norma scared the hell out me as I’m sure she did many politicians over the years she covered the legislature,” wrote longtime columnist Marty Russell in a 2010 column after her death. “To say she was tenacious when she got the scent of a story was an understatement.”

After retiring from the Daily Journal, Fields continued to write a syndicated weekly column that was published in dozens of state newspapers.

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