Donna Ladd

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Editor-in-chief: Jackson Free Press
Donna Ladd is a native Mississippian who graduated from Mississippi State, then left the state for 18 years. While she was gone, she worked as a club DJ in five states, published her own crappy-but-determined little newspaper in Manhattan's East Village, helped start the Colorado Springs Independent as its first editor, wrote for the Village Voice about politics and technology, and attended the mid-career program at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Her homing device went off when she turned 40 and, much to her surprise, she hightailed it back to Mississippi in 2001, with her partner Todd Stauffer (a Texan she met in Colorado Springs) in tow. Back in Mississippi, she decided to do what she had sworn on a stack of gender- inspecific Bibles that she'd never do again, much less in her native Bible Belt: help start a newspaper. The Jackson Free Press was born on what would have been her mama's 78th birthday, and although life has certainly been more relaxed and carefree, it has never been better. (Photo by Kate Medley)

AltWeekly Awards

2013 Column, 1st Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Donna Ladd
2013 Column-Political, 3rd Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Donna Ladd
2011 Column, Honorable Mention (Circulation Below 50000) by Donna Ladd
2011 Feature Story, 2nd Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Donna Ladd and Valerie Wells
2011 Public Service, Honorable Mention (Circulation Below 50000) by Ronni Mott, Lacey McLaughlin, Donna Ladd, Kamikaze, Casey Purvis and Sophie McNeil
2010 Public Service, 2nd Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Adam Lynch, Ward Schaefer, Todd Stauffer and Donna Ladd
2008 Feature Story, 1st Place (Circulation Below 55000) by Donna Ladd
2008 Public Service, 1st Place (Circulation Below 55000) by Donna Ladd, Kate Medley and Matt Saldana
2007 Investigative Reporting, 2nd Place (Circulation Below 55000) by Brian Johnson, Donna Ladd and Adam Lynch
2006 Column-Political, 2nd Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Donna Ladd
2006 Investigative Reporting, 2nd Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Donna Ladd
2005 Feature Story, 1st Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Donna Ladd
2004 Column, 3rd Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Donna Ladd
2004 Music Criticism, 2nd Place (tie) (Circulation Below 50000) by Donna Ladd