Education: BS, communication Mississippi College, 1993; MS, communication Mississippi College, 1997
Current Position: Communications director, Mississippi Development Authority Disaster Recovery Division
Lee Youngblood is the consummate communicator. He started out his career as a radio announcer for WMYQ in Newton and continued his on-air responsibilities at stations in Meridian and Clinton. Following that he dove into television working for WTOK and WGBC in Meridian before moving to newspapers, writing for the Meridian Star and co-founding the East Mississippi Business Journal.
Youngblood served as U.S. Sen. Trent Lott’s press secretary for 10 years and says that his first week on the job in Washington was the height of the Clinton impeachment hearings. He was serving with Sen. Lott when Hurricane Katrina stuck in Aug. 2005 and hit the ground just hours after the storm.
Today, he is still a part of the post-Katrina story. “Rebuilding housing, infrastructure and the economy… that encapsulates the state’s recovery plan,” Youngblood says. “Mississippi was the only Katrina impacted state to put forward a comprehensive recovery plan to Congress. That’s something in which Mississippians can all take pride as the recovery unfolds.”
Youngblood is married to the former Carol Reeves. In Sept. 2009 they welcomed their first child, a daughter, Ava Annslee. When he’s not at work, Youngblood enjoys working on antique cars including his old Jeep, John Deer and Plymouth Barracuda.
Mississippi’s best kept secret: It’s resilient and charitable people. The nation saw this after Hurricane Katrina when we pulled up our bootstraps and got to work. People in other states are asking us how to do disaster recovery because of our good programs.
Must-have Mississippi food: Fried chicken and catfish
Favorite Hangout: The Natchez Trace