Anita Lee to be inducted into Mississippi Press Association Hall of Fame


Longtime Sun Herald reporter Anita Lee will be inducted into the Mississippi Press Association Hall of Fame during the group's 157th Annual Meeting June 16 at the Sheraton Refuge Hotel and Conference Center in Flowood.

A native of Meridian, Lee earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and has worked in journalism for over 40 years. A lead reporter for the Sun Herald in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the newspaper's staff went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their coverage of the storm's aftermath.

Recently, Lee was selected to spend a year in the ProPublica Local Reporting Network where she spent 15 months covering two stories. One detailed misspending of BP oil spill recovery funds; the other took a critical look at the efforts to regrow oyster beds in the Mississippi Sound.

"As journalist's go, Anita is a rock star," said Sun Herald Executive Editor Blake Kaplan.

Other major stories Lee has covered during her career include neglect and abuse that led to deaths in a gulf coast elderly care home, misspending at the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, and a state judicial bribery scandal. She is considered an authority on Dixie Mafia ties to the Mississippi Coast.

Lee will be inducted Friday evening, June 16, during the President's Reception. The event will also include the presentation of the 2023 President's Award.

Contact Member Services Director Monica Gilmer for ticket information for the reception, or visit the annual meeting webpage to sign up for the conference.


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