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Bynum named executive editor

Scott Coopwood, publisher of The Oxford Enterprise, announced that award-winning Mississippi journalist James L. “Buddy” Bynum has been named executive editor of Oxford’s only Sunday morning newspaper.

Bynum comes to the newspaper with a wealth of experience in journalism and public service. He served nearly five years as director of communications for Gov. Haley Barbour. From 2000-2005, Bynum was editor of The Meridian Star, his hometown newspaper. He also won major awards for general excellence, opinion columns and editorial-writing.

In Meridian, Bynum was active in community and civic organizations, serving as president of the Meridian Kiwanis Club, a board member of Wesley House and a board member of the Meridian Little Theatre.

Bynum was director of public affairs at the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development, the predecessor agency of the Mississippi Development Authority, from 1998-2000. From 1993-1997, Bynum was editor and a co-owner of the Mississippi Business Journal.

Bynum’s career includes service as a deputy assistant secretary with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and press secretary for then-U.S. Rep. Trent Lott, both in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, after majoring in journalism at Ole Miss, he was a news reporter and bureau chief for The Sun-Herald on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and covered state government for the Jackson Daily News in the state capital.

Melissa Townsend, executive editor of The Oxford Enterprise, will now become associate publisher. Townsend is also the editor of Coopwood’s flagship publication, Delta Magazine.

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