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

Should prosecutors seek the maximum penalties for people making bomb threats?

Should Mississippi undertake a statewide program to build storm shelters at every public school?

Do you or your family regularly use telemedicine?

Did you attend the 53rd Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball last week?

Are you already registered to vote or do you plan on registering to vote in the March primaries by Saturday’s deadline?

Were you aware of Gil Carmichael’s role in the Mississippi Republican Party?

Have you or someone in your family ever been diagnosed with clinical depression?

Did you participate in last week’s Celebrity Wait Night at Fairpark Grill benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation?

Did you know or have personal or business dealings with Jack Reed, the longtime Tupelo civic leader who died Wednesday?