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Charles Dunagin

Inducted June 18, 1999

Charles Martin Dunagin is the retired publisher of the McComb Enterprise-Journal. He has been a major voice in Mississippi journalism for over 50 years.

Born June 9, 1935, in Hattiesburg, he was reared in the Pine Belt and graduated from Petal High School in 1953. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a BS in Journalism in 1957.

Dunagin began his career with the Jackson State-Times in 1957 as a general assignment reporter. He later served as city hall, courthouse and federal building reporter, state editor. At the time the newspaper ceased publishing in 1962, Dunagin was serving as city editor.

Briefly in 1962, he worked as a reporter for the Jacksonville (Fla.) Journal, covering the police and general assignments. Following that he was assistant city editor of the Hattiesburg American before moving to McComb as managing editor in July of 1963. In 1978, he became editor of the newspaper.

A former president of MPA, Dunagin has influenced many newspaper careers over the years. Many editors and publishers whom he helped train continued to call on his wisdom when faced with decisions that must be made regarding their publications.

Dunagin was also a dedicated community leader in McComb and Pike County. He was a deacon of First Baptist Church of McComb, a past president of the McComb Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, the Pike County United Way, Pike County Arts Council, Pike County Economic Development District, and the Mississippi-Louisiana Associated Press Managing Editors. He has served on the board of directors of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and was a member of Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Society and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Among the numerous journalism awards he has received are the Silver Em from the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association at Ole Miss, the Silver Inky from the Mississippi University for Women, and the Student Printz Mississippi Medalist award from the University of Southern Mississippi.


He retired in 2002 but continued to write a column and editorials for the Enterprise-Journal. He and his wife, Virgie, now reside in Oxford.

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