A third generation newspaperman and the CEO of the state’s largest newspaper group will be roasted this winter by the Mississippi Press Association to benefit its education foundation.
Wyatt Emmerich, publisher of the weekly Northside Sun in Jackson and president of Emmerich Newspapers, which owns The Columbian-Progress, will be the “guest of honor” Feb. 6 at a fundraiser for the MPA Education Foundation. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s scholarship and internship programs.
A past president of MPA and past chairman of MPAEF, Emmerich is a native of McComb where his grandfather, J. Oliver Emmerich, was publisher of the Enterprise-Journal for nearly 50 years. His father, John O. Emmerich, was publisher of the Greenwood Commonwealth in the Delta community where Wyatt Emmerich attended high school.
He graduated from Harvard College in 1980 where he was editor of the university paper, The Harvard Crimson. He also earned a master’s degree in business from UCLA. He has been a reporter for the Commonwealth, Cocoa Today in Florida, the Dallas Times Herald and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He worked on Wall Street with Merrill Lynch as an investment banker to the newspaper industry before returning to Mississippi to take over the reins of the Northside Sun.
“We are very grateful to Wyatt for agreeing to serve as our honoree this year,” said MPAEF Chairman Paul Keane, publisher of The Wayne County News. “He’s being a very good sport for a cause important to us all.”
Tickets sales for the roast will begin in December. It will be held in conjunction with the McDavid Student Journalism Summit and MPA Mid-Winter Conference scheduled for Feb. 6-8 at the Hilton Jackson.
For more information, contact MPA Executive Director Layne Bruce at (601) 981-3060.