Extra Credit Opportunity

Monday, Febrary 18, 5:30 p.m.
Insight into Mississippi’s Election Year

On Monday at 5:30 at the Overby Center adjacent to Farley Hall, a former UM Journalism student– Adam Ganucheau of Mississippi Today– will be joined by Emily Wagster Pettus of the Associated Press to talk about covering state politics and the developing contests for statewide offices this year. Charles Overby and Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie will moderate. 

I will have sign-in sheets at the event and will offer extra credit to those of you who choose to attend

Full details below:

With politics already warming up in advance of this year’s statewide elections, two of the top political reporters in the state will provide early assessments of the various races in a program at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss on Monday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m.

Emily Wagster Pettus of the Associated Press, a respected veteran of the statehouse press corps in Jackson, and Adam Ganucheau, who is carving out a strong reputation for his political stories in Mississippi Today, will be special guests for a discussion with the center’s chairman, Charles Overby, and Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie.

Both Pettus and Ganucheau are graduates of the University of Mississippi with degrees in journalism and have amassed extensive experience covering elections in Mississippi.

“We’re delighted to get Emily and Adam back on campus,” said Wilkie. “With the prospect of some spirited contests this year – as opposed to some rather dreary ones in recent years – this will give our audience a chance to hear some good political intelligence.”

Two of the state’s ranking government figures, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood, seem headed toward a major confrontation in the race for governor. And popular Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s campaign for lieutenant governor is being challenged by Oxford’s state Rep. Jay Hughes, a strong-willed Democrat. Other candidates have expressed interest in these races as well as additional statewide contests that will be decided this year.

The hour-long program, which will be held in the Overby Center Auditorium, is free and open to the public. Arrangements have been made for free parking in the lot adjacent to the auditorium, and a reception will be held following the event.

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