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Joshua Wilson is the owner-operator of Perch Creek Communications, a full-service marketing and public relations firm headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

A native of Brookhaven, Mississippi, Wilson started his career at age 15 as a community correspondent for his hometown 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. Since 2015, he has been an adjunct professor for the university. His ties at William Carey 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.

In addition to his communication work, Wilson is also the Pine Belt regional career navigator with the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District. In this role, he is responsible for implementing a federally funded grant for the Career STEP workforce training and education program across 24 counties and five community college districts.

An experienced journalist, Wilson was a columnist and staff writer for The Daily Leader for six years and is also the former award-winning editor of Hattiesburg Publishing, which produces The Pine Belt News weekly newspaper and Signature Magazine. He has also headed marketing and public relations efforts for the nation’s 12th-largest foodservice distributor, a regional sign manufacturer and two regional nonprofit organizations.

He is the founder and president of the William Carey University Pine Belt alumni chapter and serves on the steering committee for the Mississippi Pine Belt chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, also known as NAMI. He also volunteers with United Way of Southeast Mississippi as a member of their communications committee.

Wilson is a past president of the Pine Belt chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi and served for two years as an officer for the state organization. He also served as vice president of the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi, on the advisory council for the College Media Association and as a board member for Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center. Along with awards for his work from professional organizations such as PRAM, CPRAM and the Mississippi Press Association, Wilson was named by the Hattiesburg American to its inaugural Top 20 Under 40 list in 2014.

He 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.

Contact Wilson at joshua@jowil.media or by using the form below.

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