Two new reporters have joined The Dispatch staff.
Alex Murphy began Monday as the high school sports beat reporter. Joshua Stewart started Aug. 1 as the news reporter for the Starkville-Oktibbeha County bureau.
Murphy’s duties will include covering athletics at the 13 public and private high schools in The Dispatch’s coverage area, as well as some coverage of Mississippi State and area youth sports.
A Voorhees, New Jersey, native, Murphy has worked for the Baltimore Sun and also as a high school girls basketball writer/social media manager for the Prep Network in New Jersey.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in multiplatform journalism from the University of Maryland in 2020.
“Knowing the importance of sports down South, the ability to become ingrained in the area, experience and cover it, it just seemed like an incredible opportunity,” Murphy said. “I’m beyond excited to have already started.”
Stewart, a Tupelo native, attended Mississippi State University as a journalism major and worked for its student newspaper, The Reflector, serving stints as life and entertainment editor and managing editor.
At The Dispatch, Stewart will cover local government in Starkville and Oktibbeha County, as well as write pieces focused on the people, trends and issues that impact the area. He will primarily work out of the paper’s Starkville office.
“I wanted to join The Dispatch on account of the paper’s commitment to providing excellent community journalism to its local readership,” Stewart said. “I’ve always loved local journalism. I hope to write interesting, timely and quality stories in my time here.”
Managing Editor Zack Plair said he is excited to have the new reporters on staff.
“It’s always great to draw talented young reporters to our newsroom,” Plair said. “These guys bring a lot of energy and thoughtfulness to their work, and we’re happy to have them on board.”
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