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Sid Salter



Political columnist, editor & author

Inducted June 15, 2001


Sidney L. (Sid) Salter is chief communications officer and director of the Office of Public Affairs at Mississippi State University.

A statewide syndicated political columnist since 1983, Salter is the former owner and publisher of The Scott County Times in Forest. From 2001-2010, Salter served as Perspective editor for The Clarion-Ledger, the state’s largest newspaper.

A native of Philadelphia, Salter is a graduate of Philadelphia High School. He earned a BA degree in political science and history at Mississippi State, where he was a John C. Stennis Scholar in Political Science.

A past president of MPA and past chairman of the MPA Education Foundation, Salter has served as master of ceremonies for the MPA Education Foundation Celebrity Roast since its inception in 1990.


He was named MSU's National Alumnus of the Year in 2004.

The Washington Post has listed him as "one of the nation's best state political reporters."

He formerly served as MSU's first journalist-in-residence at the MSU Libraries and was the inaugural holder of the Kelly Gene Cook Chair in Journalism at the University of Mississippi, where he served on the Journalism faculty in the 1990s.

In 2011, Salter authored “Jack Crystal: Voice of the MSU Bulldogs,” the biography of the late broadcaster, which funded MSU's Jacob S. "Jack" Cristil Endowed Scholarship.

Salter and his wife, Leilani, are the parents of four grown children and have five grandchildren. They are members of Starkville's First United Methodist Church.

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