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Ellis C. Cuevas

The Sea Coast Echo
Inducted June 26, 1998


Ellis Cuevas is a native of Waveland and the retired longtime editor and publisher of The Sea Coast Echo in Bay St. Louis.

His family has been residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast for over 200 years. The eldest of four sons, he was born in 1934 to Robert Ellis and Magdalena Cuevas.

A U.S. Army veteran, Cuevas served from 1954-1957 and was assigned to the National Security Agency as a cryptographer.

He began his newspaper career at the Echo in 1957 work in the composing room, darkroom, pressroom, and circulation department. In December of that year, he moved into advertising sales and was promoted to advertising manager in 1964. He later was made general manager of the paper in 1968. In May 1977, Cuevas was elevated to publisher.

In addition to his work with the newspaper and involvement with the Mississippi Press Association, Cuevas served his community in many capacities. He was president of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, president of the United Way of Hancock County, president and co-organizer of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Advertising Club, vice chairman of the Hancock County Youth Task Force, president of the Bay St. Louis Rotary Club, and a member of the Mississippi Extension Service's national "Making the Grade" program.

In 1991 he was named Hancock County Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

He retired in 2001.

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