News Staff Bios

Paul Boger

Paul Boger is a reporter in the News Department.   He moved to Jackson, from New Brockton, Ala.   He worked as was at a producer, editor, and Weekend Edition host, and was also the afternoon DJ at an oldies station at Troy Public Radio.  His hobbies include: reading, cooking, going to concerts, listening to podcasts and camping. 

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Evelina Burnett

Evelina Burnett is in the News & Public Affairs department. She lives in Pass Christian, on the Gulf Coast, where from 2006 to 2013 she was the editor and publisher of the Pass Christian Gazebo Gazette. Her previous experience includes banking and insurance coverage for Dow Jones Newswires in London; technology reporting for the Atlanta Business Chronicle in Atlanta, Ga.; freelance work for a number of publications, including the Wall Street Journal; and a one-year journalism fellowship that took her to Cairo, Egypt. Since she has a toddler at home, her hobbies include cleaning up toys, reading board books and watching Sesame Street. She also enjoys traveling, swimming, reading and, of course, listening to public radio!

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Sandra Knispel

Sandra Knispel grew up in Germany and has lived in England, Wales, France and the U.S. She graduated with a B.A. in Politics and Russian Studies from the University of Wales, Swansea, and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Mississippi. Prior to moving to Mississippi with her husband in 2001, she was a national television anchor in London for Bloomberg TV Germany, covering financial markets, economics and European Union summit meetings across the EU. Knispel has worked across all media platforms, including several regional German newspapers, a national German-American newspaper in New York, and was the managing editor for the weekly Oxford Enterprise. She was the multimedia editor for Bloomberg Financial Markets in Princeton, New Jersey, and later Bloomberg's European multimedia editor in London. A mother of twins, she has been freelancing for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and NPR since 2002. She continues to write for national magazines Conceive and Babytalk. Her broadcast work has garnered regional and national Edward R. Murrow and numerous AP Mississippi awards. Her magazine stories have won several prizes, including one for excellence in writing from the Florida Magazine Association, and a prestigious team national Folio award. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, theater, NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and most of all, time with her kids.

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Jeffrey Hess

Jeffrey is an Ohio native with years of reporting experience all over the country. Reporting stays in Ohio, Texas, and Florida have all preceded his hiring as capitol reporter Mississippi Public Broadcasting in 2010. Jeffrey cut his teeth in commercial radio before reaching his goal of finding reporting work in public radio. He has a passion and intense interest in providing smart, detailed, and informative news to the Mississippi radio audience. When he is not sniffing out new leads, Jeffrey is known to play video and board games with friends. Jeffrey graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in communications.

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Lawayne Childrey

Since 2006, Childrey has reported and produced a variety of news stories on topics ranging from politics to health care to education. He has also hosted local segments of NPR’s All Things Considered, worked as a professional voice over artist and served as college forensic speech coach. In his current role as reporter/producer, Childrey has received several outstanding honors including a National Edward R. Murrow Award, two Regional  Edward R. Murrow Awards and several Mississippi Associated Press Awards. Childrey is an avid music lover and enjoys attending live music performances in his spare time.

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