Sidney L. “Sid” Salter, a Mississippi State University graduate and longtime syndicated columnist, returns to his alma mater March 1 as journalist-in-residence.
Reporting to Dean of Libraries Frances N. Coleman, the new position is designed to strengthen MSU’s existing collections and to help develop a speaker series and other initiatives to enable MSU students to interact with leading U.S. journalists. Classroom instruction primarily for communication and political science majors will be among other duties.
The university’s 2004 alumnus of the year, Salter was a John C. Stennis Scholar in Political Science as a student. At age 24, he became publisher and editor of the Scott County Times in Forest. He continued in that role for many years before leaving the weekly newspaper to become Perspective editor at the Clarion-Ledger, his current position.
In addition to duties at the state’s largest newspaper, Salter served as weekday host for a statewide radio talk show covering politics and other current issues. “On Deadline with Sid Salter” aired on the Super Talk Mississippi Radio Network.
He was the first to hold the Kelly Gene Cook Chair of Journalism at the University of Mississippi, in residence at the university 1996-97. As one of the state’s most respected journalists, he has covered politics from the court house to the state house to the White House.
Salter is a two-time winner of the J. Oliver Emmerich Award, considered the premier annual honor of the Mississippi Press Association.
A Philadelphia native, Salter is a member of the hall of fame of the state press association.
For some time, Salter has served on the advisory board of MSU’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government, where he now will work closely with executive director Marty Wiseman and his staff on a variety of political and public policy issues.
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