Joshua Wilson is the editor of Hattiesburg Publishing in south Mississippi. In that role, he oversees daily editorial and production operations for The Pine Belt News, the most-read newspaper in the Hub City, and also manages operations of Signature Magazine, the premier lifestyles magazine in south Mississippi. He also oversees the publication of numerous special sections and serves as host of The Pine Belt News Podcast. New episodes are available each Thursday afternoon through Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
A native of Brookhaven, Mississippi, Wilson started his career at age 15 as a correspondent for The Daily Leader newspaper. He is a two-time graduate of William Carey University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in social science and a Master of Business Administration degree, and currently serves as an adjunct professor at the university.
His ties to the university also include his years of service as an employee in its external relations office, including time as director of media relations and marketing. Wilson is the author of William Carey University: Celebrating 125 Years, published in 2017 by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Campus History Series.
Prior to joining Hattiesburg Publishing in February 2020, he was the director of marketing and communications at United Way of South Mississippi and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. He has also headed marketing and public relations efforts for Merchants Foodservice, the 12th-largest foodservice distributor in the United States, and for Munn Enterprises, a Mississippi-based supplier of signs and other visual communication tools.
Wilson is the founder and president of the William Carey University Pine Belt alumni chapter. He is a past president of the Pine Belt chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi and served from 2019-2020 as an at-large officer and secretary for the state organization. He has also served as vice president of the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi, as a member of the advisory council for the College Media Association, and as a board member for Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center in Hattiesburg. In 2014, the Hattiesburg American newspaper named him to its “Top 20 Under 40” list for the Pine Belt area.