After a 27-year newspaper career, Ronnie Agnew joined Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) in August 2011 as the agency’s executive director. Agnew is responsible for MPB’s strategic direction as adopted by the agency’s board of directors. As head of MPB, Agnew directs the three primary areas that form the agency’s mission: Emergency preparedness and response, economic impact media and educational resource development for all projects.
In addition to working closely with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency during emergencies, Agnew is responsible for developing programming and educational content that addresses health, workforce development and tourism. As executive director, he has oversight of all MPB radio and television programming, as well as the agency’s digital initiatives.
Agnew, a native of Saltillo, Miss., had previously served as executive editor of The Clarion-Ledger for nine years, from August 2002-August 2011. He was the newspaper’s managing editor for 18 months prior to being promoted to the top newsroom position. Under his leadership, The Clarion-Ledger won numerous state and national awards, including the Mississippi Press Association’s general excellence award eight times during his tenure at the newspaper.
Agnew, an award-winning columnist, is also active in national journalism circles. He has served as a judge for journalism’s top prize, the Pulitzer, three times, and is currently on the board of directors of the American Society of News Editors. He is a former board member of the New York-based Associated Press Managing Editors’ organization. While at The Clarion-Ledger, the newspaper was a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was lauded nationally for its staff diversity and coverage of civil rights issues.
Agnew was honored with the prestigious Silver Em in 2008 from the University of Mississippi on the award’s 50th anniversary. While at The Clarion-Ledger, he received four President’s Rings, recognizing outstanding performance from the top 10 editors in Gannett Co. Inc., the newspaper’s parent company. He led the state’s largest newspaper as it experienced major digital growth. Agnew is also active in assisting journalism programs at several state universities. He is on the journalism advisory board of the University of Mississippi, the University of Southern Mississippi, Jackson State University, and Alcorn State University.
Agnew is a 1984 graduate of the University of Mississippi with bachelor’s degrees in radio/TV and English. He and his wife, Cynthia, have been married 25 years and have three children, Christopher, Victoria and Rachel. He is a graduate of Leadership Jackson, and Gannett’s Leadership Academy and Senior Management Development program. He is a frequent lecturer in Mississippi and nationally on media issues.
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Ryanne Duffie Saucier is the Assistant Executive Director for Support Services and Contracts. She administers all contracts and licensing on behalf of the Agency and oversees the areas of Human Resources and Technical Services. Ryanne hails from Southeast Alabama and has worked in the entertainment industry for over 13 years in the areas of artist management, radio programming, concert planning, artist promotion and film production. Prior to joining MPB, she practiced entertainment law working with musicians, writers, filmmakers, and broadcasters in the areas of music licensing, music publishing as well as copyright, trademark and media law. In 2011, Ryanne was published by the American Bar Association in the legal book Entertainment Law for the General Practitioner.
Before attending law school, Ryanne worked with many film productions throughout the Southeast. She produced music videos, historical documentaries, a weekly television program, and many specialized programming including various material for Food Network, Discovery Channel and American Idol. She attended Birmingham-Southern College where she was an Alabama Broadcasters’ Association scholarship recipient, marketing scholarship recipient, and she spearheaded the implementation and planning of most concerts held on campus.
She was selected by her law school professors as the Most Valuable Entertainment Person of the Year, and received the American Jurisprudence Award for the class focusing on the law surrounding Trademarks and Unfair Competition. Ryanne is an associate member of The National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences – Memphis Chapter, and a voting member of the Country Music Association. She lectures regularly in the areas of trademark law, copyright law and entertainment law. She graduated cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law and received a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College.
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Paul Moore joined MPB in April of 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer. Paul directs MPB’s Finance Department and is responsible for managing all of the agency’s budget operations.
Paul graduated summa cum laude from Belhaven University, where he received a degree in accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of both the Texas and Mississippi State Boards of Public Accountancy.
Prior to joining MPB, Paul worked in the banking sector in Tennessee and then as Controller of Life Church in Houston, Texas.
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Nikki McCelleis oversees the Education Division, which is responsible for the development of early childhood and K-12 educational services and outreach initiatives, instructional production, statewide technology integration programs, professional development opportunities for educators, the Mississippi Interactive Video Network (MIVN), and continuing education opportunities for adults.
Prior to joining Mississippi Public Broadcasting in January 2006, McCelleis served as division director for Curriculum and Instruction at the Mississippi Department of Education. While at the Mississippi Department of Education, McCelleis also served as division director in the Offices of Evaluation and Enhancement and Instructional Support and Training.
McCelleis has taught English Grammar and English Literature at Jim Hill High School in Jackson and was a job specialist with Jobs for Mississippi Graduates. She also taught Spanish I and Spanish II at Simmons High School in Hollandale and served as a GED instructor in the Salvation Army Education Program.
She received a specialist in education degree from Delta State University, a master of arts in teaching from Belhaven College, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.
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Margaret McPhillips is the Public Relations Director for MPB. She oversees the Communications Department in handling statewide publicity for MPB and the Graphic Arts Department in providing artwork for on-air programs and promotional material. Margaret’s job is to spread the word about the services and programs MPB provides for Mississippians.
Margaret is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi. She attended the University of Virginia, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts in English. Before moving to Jackson and beginning work at MPB, Margaret worked for 7 years in Washington, D.C., where she served as Press Secretary for Senator Thad Cochran and Communications Director for the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
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Teresa Collier is in charge of the Live Production Division which includes News and Public Affairs, Radio Operations and Live Television. She is responsible for the management, development and execution of live content through our television and radio networks.
Collier joined MPB in 1994 as a public affairs producer, where she was co-creator and producer of Statewide Live, a live weekly public affairs program. She also produced MPB’s hour-long legislative program, Quorum. In 2002, Collier was promoted to Senior Producer with the additional responsibilities of developing program content, as well as planning, organizing and producing live election/candidate forums on radio and television.
Collier was named Director of News and Public Affairs in 2005 where she managed the day-to-day operations of statewide news coverage. In August 2005, Collier played a key role in MPB’s round-the-clock coverage during Hurricane Katrina.
Collier is an award-winning journalist and the recipient of several Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters awards for public affairs reporting. As Director of News, Collier contributed to the department’s winning of two national Edward R. Murrow awards for feature and hard news reporting.
During her career, Collier has been a reporter for stations in Alabama and Mississippi. She serves on the Board of the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism Advisory Board.
She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Communications. In 2010 she was inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hall of Fame.
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Jason Klein is the Director of MPB Think Radio and MPB Music Radio. He has also served as Director of Television Programming and Director of Television Production.
Prior to joining Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Klein worked in commercial radio broadcasting as Program Director and on-air personality in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communications from Auburn University.
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Shirley Mixon assumed the role of Mississippi Public Broadcasting Programming Director in 2010, five years after joining the agency as Director of Content.
Mixon’s career in broadcasting began as a newsroom assistant in 1976 at WLBT-TV in Jackson. In 1981, she joined WLOX-TV in Biloxi where she worked for ten years. Mixon returned to Jackson’s WLBT-TV in 1992 as the executive producer overseeing the production of eight daily newscasts and a staff of 12 producers and associate producers.
In her 32 year television career, Mixon has produced a wide array of programming including newscasts, documentaries, public affairs programs, local & statewide election coverage, town hall meetings, weekly news magazine programs and severe weather, hurricane & other emergency broadcasting for both television and radio. She has produced telethons including St. Jude, Muscular Dystrophy, Santa’s Toy Chest and a post-Katrina fund raising program for hurricane victims.
Awards include a George Foster Peabody award and a national Associated Press award for a 1989 documentary, “Did They Die In Vain?” about the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi. Mixon also won a regional Emmy in 1989 for the cultural affairs program “Our Finest Hour: Great Mississippians.” Through the years she has won numerous Mississippi Associated Press awards for various programs including best newscasts, public affairs programs, documentaries and special programming.
Mixon attended Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi State University and Hinds Community College. She has also attended the Poynter Institute of Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Cy Vance is responsible for providing leadership, management and technical guidance for the statewide network. He also directs the work of Master Control Studio Operations, Studio and Radio Maintenance, Remote Microwave Network Transmission, and Interactive Video Network Operations.
Vance joined MPB in 1996 as Director of the Mississippi Interactive Video Network (MIVN) where he supervised the statewide Video Conferencing Network for K-12 students, community colleges, and universities.
In 2006, Vance was named Director of Studio Operations and Maintenance and was instrumental in the planning, design and expansion of MPB’s High Definition network of television stations and the launch of HD Radio™ technology. In November 2007, he was named Assistant Director for Technical Services and began serving as Acting Deputy Executive Director in June 2009. In January 2010, he became Director of Technical Services.
Vance received his master’s degree in education from Mississippi College and his bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College in Jackson. With an educational background and years of experience in broadcast engineering, Vance is uniquely positioned to successfully deliver MPB’s educational programs and services through multiple platforms of emerging broadcast technology.
He is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers-Mississippi Chapter.
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Cindy Neal is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, and administration of the agency’s human resources department including but not limited to advertising, recruitment and selection, employee training, benefits and developing new policies and changing existing ones.
Neal joined MPB in 1998 as the Personnel Officer in the Human Resources Department, where she was responsible for recruitment. In February 2010, Neal was name the Human Resources Director.
She received an Associate Degree in Computer Networking from Hinds Community College.
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Scott Colwell is Jackson native who graduated from USM with BS in Radio/Television/Film. With MPB since 1996, he has been an integral part of several technological transitions, including the move to non-linear editing and in 2009, the move to HD production. He has won multiple industry awards, including five Emmys. While his credits span styles from documentaries to episodic TV to short films, the bulk of his work has been in children's programming. Growing up, he fondly remembers programs such as Clyde Frog and Tomes & Talismen as part of the school curriculum. He is proud to be a part of MPB's rich history of helping education the children of Mississippi and hopes to continue that tradition through the years to come.
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