Joe Rutherford


I am the editorial page editor and editorial writer here at the Daily Journal, where I have worked in some news/editorial capacity for 41-plus years. Northeast Mississippi is my home (I lived in Kossuth, Walnut and Ripley growing up, plus Oxford/Ole Miss). I had a passion for the life, development and progress in this area by the time I was a teenager. During my decades here I have been a beat reporter, area editor and editorial page editor. Every day is a new story, a new angle and most days, a reason for optimism. I am fortunate to have great friends and two wonderful dogs. My passion is travel, and planning the trips is as much fun as going.

Stories Written by Joe Rutherford

Have you done any kind of volunteer work in food pantries or other non-profit feeding programs?

Were you affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster?

Will Tupelo Public School District voters approve the $44 million bond issue on April 28?

Have you given money to a university’s endowment campaign?

Does your community school use volunteer tutors?

Has Tupelo gained significant advantage by continuing the Major Thoroughfare Program?

Should Gov. Phil Bryant veto a bill establishing a commission to recommend new academic standards for Mississippi schools?

Should the Verona Board of Aldermen consider allowing its department heads more autonomy in running the departments they are hired to lead, especially related to personnel decisions?