Two Mississippi journalism legends to leave Clarion-Ledger

Two Mississippi journalism legends to leave Clarion-Ledger
Marshall Ramsey and Jerry Mitchell leaving Clarion-Ledger.

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson is losing two of its best-known contributors.

Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, who’s been at the paper since 1986 and editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, who’s been there since 1996.

Mitchell wrote that he’s leaving to focus on the “Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting,” a non-profit that he co-founded.

He said he’ll have more details in the near future.

Ramsey is taking a job at “Mississippi Today,” a non-profit web-based news service, where he says he will continue drawing his cartoons.

For nearly 30 years, Mitchell has helped to uncover some of the state’s biggest stories.

His work has helped put several Klansmen behind bars including Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 assassination of NAACP leader Medgar Evers and Edgar Ray Killen who was convicted for helping to organize the June 21, 1964, killings of three civil rights activits.

Mitchell has received more than 30 national awards. In 2006, the Pulitzer Board named him a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Marshall Ramsey is a two-time Pulitzer Finalist (2002 and 2006). His editorial cartoons have appeared in publications nationwide including The New York Times and USA Today.

Recently Ramsey has been recognized for his cartoons honoring the late George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara.

Marshall Ramsey creates touching photo of late Bush family. (Source: Marshall Ramsey/Clarion-Ledger)
Marshall Ramsey creates touching photo of late Bush family. (Source: Marshall Ramsey/Clarion-Ledger)

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