Saturday, March 3, 2012

Farewell to MBJ's Amy McCullough

Farewell to Amy McCullough. I hate writing these posts but its time to say goodbye to the star reporter of the Mississippi Business Journal as she moves on to better things in Texas. She's one of the best and most unheralded reporters in the Jackson area.

I first met her when I broke the Evans case. I'd been writing about it for several weeks when she contacted me. She wanted to meet me and learn about the case. So we met one afternoon and went over the details. Then I said if you really want to learn how to report this case, you need to know how to look up deeds and the like. So what was going to be an hour meeting turned into a trip to the courthouse in Canton where she learned how to read deeds of trust, do title searches, and other nuances of digging through land records. I'll never forget sitting outside the office building where Chris Evans hung out early in the morning with her so she could get a picture of him and quiz him about what were then accusations of fraud. He was surprised but kept on walking, stone faced, trying his best not to notice her. She moved on to the energy beat where she gave Haley, Entergy, and those behind the Kemper plant heartburn more than a few times. Needless to say, they are probably glad to see her go. She last wrote about the charter school fight in Mississippi.

She graduated from Jackson Academy and then from Texas. Probably the smartest reporter at any of the newspapers in Mississippi and she will be sorely missed. Here's to Amy McCullough and best wishes for bigger and better things.


Ben Allen said...

Amen Kingfish. Amy is the best I EVER dealt with, and one in-depth conversation with her is all you need to know her passion and talents.

She has an acute acumen for "where our state, our city and our culture is and why, and the gut check" needed to illuminate these facts and address them.

I am sorry, but not surprised Amy is leaving. She is a gerbel in a spinning wheel here.

She will be greatly missed by DJP and the business community, because we KNEW, when she did a column regarding Jackson (I refuse to call her stories "stories" because they weren't. They were "truths"), that they would be factual, well researched and accurate, win, lose or draw.

Amy all the best. Austin is getting a gem.

NOT Tim Bennett said...

A wise person who is moving on to BIGGER and BETTER before having to endure the (myth of the) pain and agony of Mississippi losing another Congressional seat.

It will be a challenge to watch JACKUSTAN creep into further DISREPAIR and massive DEBT-fueled bankruptcy from afar but easier to fully understand the causes removed from the prodigious Creative Classatron and RINO smoke blowing penchants for hype, hyperbole, falsehoods and outright fabrications.

Good luck Amy!

Pugnacious said...

Good luck, Amy.

It's too bad, though, that she never picked up the cold case file on the Jake Horton assassination.

The pilot and co-pilot of Horton's cooperate jet were Mississippi Gulf Coast residents.

She could've could win a Pulitzer on that one.

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