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Jack Weatherly joins MBJ editorial team — Pulitzer nominee to cover economic development, among other things



Who says you can’t come home again?

Jack Weatherly is doing just that this week as the veteran journalist has become the newest reporter for the Mississippi Business Journal.

Weatherly — who has been cited for excellence in writing everywhere he has ever been including a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize — has worked for newspapers across the South over the last 40 years, from small to the very biggest. Nearly half of his career has been involved in business journalism, including reporting and editing. Most recently, he was senior business writer and business editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock.

A native of Mississippi (Attala County) and a graduate of the University of Memphis, Weatherly was also the business editor in the late 1990s at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson.

“We are very lucky to have someone as talented and experienced as Jack come to the Mississippi Business Journal,” MBJ editor Ross Reily said. “This gives us another great reporter in our newsroom to cover our state’s business community. He not only brings a wealth of journalism experience, he also has a significant background in business publications.”

Weatherly will be covering a multitude of subjects at the MBJ but he will be concentrating on economic development, technology and health care and energy.

“I hope to help the Mississippi Business Journal to continue to tell the story of what is happening in the state in all facets of the private sector, as well as the public sector when relevant. Journalism has been called ‘the rough first draft of history,’ ” Weatherly, a fifth generation Mississippian, said.

“I love getting scoops and getting it right. That’s still what this business is all about, or should be.”

Upon graduation from Memphis in 1973, Weatherly’s first job in journalism was as a general assignments reporter at the Blytheville, Ark. Courier-News

Along the way, Weatherly served as the Copy Desk Chief at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he supervised the editing of award-winning staff-produced state and local news, including government, politics, communities and science.

From there, he came back to Mississippi and eventually the Clarion-Ledger before landing at the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, where he worked until this week.

“It feels good to be home again,” Weatherly said.


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