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Geoff Pender named Mississippi Today politics editor

Mississippi Today is pleased to announce Geoff Pender as Politics and Government Editor.

Pender, who first joined the Mississippi Today staff as senior political reporter in May 2020, will oversee the day-to-day reporting of Mississippi Today’s politics team.

He brings more than 30 years of experience covering Mississippi politics to the new role.

“If you follow Mississippi politics, you know Geoff Pender,” said Adam Ganucheau, Mississippi Today’s editor-in-chief. “He’s been a vital member of our politics team since 2020, and we couldn’t be more excited for him to now lead it. He’s been a mentor to so many of our reporters, and he’s led several impactful investigations for us. Readers can expect more of that from him in this new job— and if you’re wondering, you’ll also continue to see plenty of his analysis of the state’s biggest stories.”

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Geoff Pender

Before joining Mississippi Today, Pender was political and investigative editor at the Clarion Ledger, where he also penned a popular political column. He previously served as an investigative reporter and political editor at the Sun Herald, where he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Hurricane Katrina coverage. 

A native of Florence, Pender is a journalism graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has received numerous awards throughout his career for reporting, columns and freedom of information efforts.

“I truly appreciate this opportunity and appreciate being able to continue working with the great team of journalists at Mississippi Today providing in-depth news coverage at such a crucial time for the state,” Pender said.

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