Veteran journalist to cover banking, finance and real estate
The Mississippi Business Journal has expanded its newsroom, adding veteran journalist Ted Carter as staff writer. Carter begins this week, and will cover banking and finance, real estate (commercial and residential), accounting and Main Street/economic development.
“Over the past couple of months, Ted has served as an MBJ contributing writer, and has done a great job covering banking and finance, real estate and other business sectors for us,” said Ross Reily, MBJ editor. “I look forward to having his experience and knowledge full-time in our newsroom. He not only brings a wealth of journalism experience, he also has a significant background in business publications.”
A 30-plus-year newspaperman, Carter’s journey into journalism started as a child growing up in Titusville, Fla.
“My mother helped start what was, in essence, the community’s first free, public library.” Carter remembered. “I grew up with a love for books and words, and I was also always curious about the world around me.”
Earning a B.A. in communication with an emphasis in journalism from the University of Central Florida, Carter’s first writing experience came as a summer intern at the Winter Haven News-Chief in Winter Haven, Fla. For a moment there, it looked as if his first writing job would end in termination.
“I was working on this story, that was taking forever,” Carter said. “The editor came looking for me, and I just knew he was going to fire me. But there had been a shake-up in the newsroom, and he offered me the police beat. I was about as green as one could be.”
Carter proved a quick study. He left the Winter Haven paper to become staff writer at the Clewston News in Clewston, Fla., the Washington County News in Abingdon, Va., and the Charlotte Sun in Port Charlotte, Fla.
In 2001, Carter was named managing editor of The Business Report & Journal in Savannah, Ga. He then served as managing editor of the Miami Today in Miami, Fla., and kept that title at the Savannah Business Journal in Savannah, Ga.
“I think Mississippi business has a lot of momentum,” Carter said. “I look forward to getting to work and telling those stories.”
— Wally Northway, MBJ