Joshua Wilson is the editor of Hattiesburg Publishing in south Mississippi. In that role, he oversees editorial and production operations for The Pine Belt News, the most-read newspaper in the Hub City, and also manages operations for Signature Magazine, the premier lifestyles magazine for south Mississippi. Additionally, he manages numerous annual publications, including visitor’s guides Here’s Hattiesburg and Petal Life, and serves as host of The Pine Belt News Podcast.
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 he currently serves as an adjunct professor at the university. His ties to the university also include years of service as an employee in its external relations unit, including time as director of media relations and marketing overseeing those activities for two campuses, the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the School of Pharmacy.
Wilson is the author of William Carey University: Celebrating 125 Years, published in 2017 by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Campus History Series. He is a contributing author to Memories of Lincoln County, published in 2020 by Outskirts Press.
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 member of the Hattiesburg Downtown Association and the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association, and he serves on the steering committee for the Pine Belt chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, also known as NAMI. He volunteers with United Way of Southeast Mississippi as a member of their communications committee and teaches seminars for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He is a professional member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
He is a past president of the Pine Belt chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi and served for two years as an at-large representative and secretary for State PRAM. 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. Along with many awards for his work from professional organizations such as PRAM and CPRAM, Wilson was named by the Hattiesburg American newspaper to its “Top 20 Under 40” list in 2014.
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