Ellie Turner, Editor
Ellie is a graduate of The University of Mississippi where she studied magazine journalism and business. She has contributed to multiple publications as a writer, designer, photographer and editor. Ellie has a deep love for Mississippi and magazines, so when she was given the opportunity to combine both, she moved to Tupelo to be part of a magazine that recognizes the beauty of sweet tea, southern hospitality, back roads and perhaps most of all, mud and magnolias.
Lauren Wood, Creative Director
Lauren was born and raised in Michigan, but after graduating from Michigan State (go green!) she took a job that moved her to Mississippi. After the initial culture shock wore off, Lauren decided she really liked it here and has made a home in Tupelo. Luckily the Mud and Magnolias staff has let her tell stories of all these awesome people in northeast Mississippi with a camera in her hand. Despite disliking sweet tea (sorry y’all), Lauren is trying to blend in down here by cooking with a cast iron skillet and baking a mean caramel cake.
Emma Kent, Multimedia Editor
After spending two years as a reporter for the Daily Journal, Emma joined the Mud & Mag team in early 2018. A Georgia native, she graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in English in 2015. Emma lives in Tupelo with her husband and their cat Watson.
Leslie Criss, Associate Editor
Leslie Criss, a native of Grenada and graduate of Mississippi College, taught English to junior high and high school students in her first career. She attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi in journalism and has worked at several Mississippi newspapers, including The Vicksburg Post. She is features and special sections editor and an award-winning columnist at the Daily Journal, where she has worked for nearly 17 years. When she and her sister, a mental health professional, decided two decades ago to take a professional hiatus, they opened a restaurant in Corinth called Snickerdoodles. Leslie lives in east Tupelo with her father, her best friend and four great dogs.
Missha Rogers, Associate Editor
Bio coming soon.
Shannon Johnson, Associate Editor
Shannon is originally a Gulf Coast gal who had the tremendous good fortune of migrating to the northern environs of North Mississippi at an early age. Fortune once again smiled on her when she was accepted to the University of Mississippi to study in the archaic art of journalism. After school, Shannon found her self working in the job field of layout and design where she has worked on many projects in past 13 years. She now resides in her own little patch of Southern heaven known as the Brewer community with her husband, daughter and the most demanding, ungrateful pets the South has ever known.