Clarion-Ledger editor moving to MPB

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Ronnie Agnew, executive editor of The Clarion-Ledger newspaper, has been appointed executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

In a posting on its website, the newspaper reported that Agnew will take up his new post in August. He had been with the newspaper for more than 10 years.

MPB’s last executive director, Judith Lewis, resigned in September 2010. Since her departure, Jay Wood has served as interim executive director.

Agnew, 48, of Madison, is a Saltillo native and graduate of the University of Mississippi. He has spent more than 20 years working for Gannett Inc. newspapers, including the Hattiesburg American and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

In a statement, Leslie Hurst, president and publisher of The Clarion Ledger, said “Ronnie Agnew is an outstanding journalist and consummate professional. The Clarion-Ledger family is saddened to lose our long-time editor, but we wish him well as he embarks on this new adventure. He has served the newspaper and our readers — both print and digital — well, and I am thankful for his leadership during his tenure with us. We will miss him very much. Our loss is MPB’s gain.”

Bob Sawyer, chairman of the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television, which runs MPB, praised the selection of Agnew. “I know Ronnie will bring new energy to Mississippi Public Broadcasting. The other board members and I were impressed by his media expertise, content management skills, and enthusiasm for Mississippi,” he said.