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Sophia Paffenroth joins health team at Mississippi Today

Mississippi Today is pleased to announce that Sophia Paffenroth has joined the community health team at Mississippi Today.

Paffenroth, a native of New York, will report on women’s and children’s issues in Mississippi.

Earlier this year, she graduated with a master’s in journalism from Northeastern University, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Boston Scope. Her multimedia work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association and the New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

She has also worked for the global nonprofit Girl Rising and the documentary group The Disability Justice Project.

“To cover a beat I care so deeply about in a state that needs it now more than ever is a joy and an honor. I couldn’t be more excited to be making connections on the ground and settling into a community I hope to serve,” Paffenroth said. “Mississippi Today is filling in the gaps in coverage statewide on topics with profound social impact, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to join this team.”


Community Health Team Editor Kate Royals oversees the health team.

“Sophia is a talented journalist with a real passion for her beat. I am so excited for her to join our team and cover this crucial topic in a state where health indicators for women and children rank at the bottom,” Royals said. “I know she will do a great job telling the stories that need to be told.”


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