Meet the Staff:
CHARLIE SMITH, editor/publisher
As the editor and publisher, Charlie oversees the operation of the newspaper. The Tennessee native moved to Columbia in July 2017 with his family: wife, Ashley, and daughters, Maggie and Laurie. A 2007 journalism graduate of the University of Tennessee, he began his newspaper career at The Greenwood Commonwealth as a reporter and then news editor before moving to The Enterprise-Tocsin in Indianola as editor and publisher in 2012. He is a member of the church of Christ.
MARK ROGERS, managing editor
Rogers has been the managing editor of The Columbian-Progress since December 2009. Prior to coming to Columbia, Rogers served as sports editor of the Delta Democrat Times in Greenville. Rogers has more than 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry and has served in a variety of management roles at newspapers in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Kent State University. He is originally from Kent, Ohio.
Mark is married to Amelia W. Magee-Rogers, a Columbia native. Rogers has a son, Brian, 18, who attends Pearl River Community College. He and his father share a love of trumpet playing. The Rogers family is also home to two large, lazy cats: Dimey and Jingles, and a fluffy white puppy, Sugar.
A multi-year member of the Kiwanis Club of Columbia, Mark enjoys volunteering in the community. He is also a member of First United Methodist Church of Columbia, where he sings in the Chancel Choir.
JOSHUA CAMPBELL, sports editor
Joshua Campbell is the newest addition to The Columbian-Progress editorial staff, joining in August 2015 as the Sports Editor. Campbell is a 2015 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. For three years, he worked as sports editor for The Student Printz, USM’s student-run newspaper. Campbell is an avid sports fan with his fandom spreading from the Chicago Cubs to the Dallas Cowboys. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, watching television and playing sports. He is the son of Michael and Hiedi Campbell of Slidell, La., and is the youngest of six children.
KIM GINGELL, advertising consultant
A lifelong resident of Marion County, Kim resides in Columbia. She has been a member of The Columbian-Progress’ staff for more than 16 years, having worked in various capacities including the circulation department and office manager. She has been a sales consultant for the newspaper for more than 10 years and has more than 20 years of sales experience.
Kim is a graduate of Columbia Academy and has completed numerous advertising training seminars. She is a mother of two, Heather Teat and Jamie Gingell, and has one grandson, Hayes.
In her free time, Kim enjoys shopping, watching movies, watching and attending football games especially the New Orleans Saints and spending time with family.
TRACEY McNEESE, Classifieds/Circulation/Production Assistant
A resident of Marion County, Tracey has lived in Columbia for more than 20 years. She is a new member of the Columbian Progress staff. She works as the Production Assistant and Circulation Clerk. She is a 1996 graduate of Purvis High School. She attended Pearl River Community College and Jones County Junior College while majoring in accounting.
She is the daughter of James Earl and Charlotte Smith. She has four sisters and one brother. She has been married to Chris McNeese for 20 years and they have one son, Trace.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, reading, fishing, camping and taking care of her animals
BONNIE HUDSON, bookkeeper/office manager
Bonnie is the most veteran of The Columbian-Progress staff, having been employed with the company since 1984. She began work at the newspaper as an ad rep and was later promoted to ad director, where she continued in that role for 16 years. For the last 10 years, she has served as business manager. She and her husband, Jimmy, have been married 28 years and have three children, Phillip (April) Grayson, Tiffany (Matthew) Campbell and Jamie Hudson and six grandchildren, Alex, Samuel and Chase Grayson and Hagen, Hudson and Holden Campbell. She is a member of North Columbia Baptist Church and enjoys spending time with her “grands” and traveling with friends in her free time.
WRIGHT NICHOLS, production manager
Wright is a lifelong Mississippian who grew up in Jackson. He attended The Citadel and William Carey University. Wright has been in the graphic design business for 23 years; 17 of those in the newspaper industry. He is married to Carey Sullivan of Hattiesburg, and is the father of twin girls, Emily and Maggie. They attend Main Street Methodist Church in Hattiesburg.