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Miss. newsman Jack Elliott retiring after 31 years with AP

 

Jack Elliott Jr.

Jack Elliott Jr.

JACKSON — Longtime Mississippi journalist Jack Elliott Jr. is retiring after more than three decades at The Associated Press.

The 66-year-old Elliott has covered politics, court cases, executions, natural disasters and a wide variety of other news stories. His final day at the AP is Monday.

“Jack has been a strong, guiding hand in the Jackson bureau and served as a mentor to countless journalists,” said AP Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen. “Jack epitomizes grace and class. His energy and good cheer are legendary.

“Anyone who has ever had the pleasure to work with Jack will tell you he is one of the finest gentleman and finest journalists you will ever meet,” Van Anglen said. “That combination is hard to find and will be sorely missed.”

Elliott, who lives in Forest, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a communications degree in May 1971.

He has been a reporter for the Meridian Star in Meridian, Mississippi; The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi; the now-defunct Alabama Journal in Montgomery, Alabama; and United Press International in Jackson, Mississippi. He also worked in public relations for the Mississippi Economic Council in the early 1970s and as Washington press secretary for Democratic U.S. Rep. David Bowen of Mississippi in 1982.

After Bowen chose not to seek re-election, Elliott returned to Mississippi and worked at the Jackson Daily News.

Elliott joined AP in Oklahoma in 1984 and moved back to his native Mississippi to work for the company four years later.

He covered three legislative sessions in Oklahoma and 25 in Mississippi. He also covered seven Mississippi governors: Bill Waller, Cliff Finch, William Winter, Bill Allain, Ray Mabus, Kirk Fordice and Ronnie Musgrove.

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