Two join newspaper staff

Two new staff members, Chloe Ricks and Tillman Reed, have joined the staff of The Winona Times and The Conservative.

Chloe Ricks of Greenwood was hired as a staff writer and will work throughout the summer until she returns to Duke University to pursue a Master’s Degree this fall.

Ricks graduated from Amanda Elzy High School in 2014. She most recently graduated from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, on May 13. Before joining the Winona Times, Ricks had worked all but one of her college summers as an intern for the Greenwood Commonwealth.

She used the summer of 2017 to study abroad, spending two months in rural Kenya to teach primary school and the last two weeks of summer in Rio de Janeiro to conduct research for her senior honors thesis. The research was of university students in a poor and stigmatized region that reminded Ricks of the Mississippi Delta. Ricks’ comparison of the two regions earned her graduation with Highest Distinction from Duke.

This fall, she will return to Duke University to pursue a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. After earning her masters, her goal is to enter a dual JD/PhD program at Stanford University.

Although Ricks does not plan to pursue journalism as a career, she thinks that storytelling is an art, and it is one of her favorite pastimes.  She also loves reading and writing about new people, places and things.

Tillman Reed of Winona is currently working as a summer intern for The Winona Times and The Conservative.    

The summer intern program is sponsored and funded through grants from the Mississippi Press Association’s Education Foundation.

Reed recently completed his sophomore year at Winona Christian School and is enjoying working with the administrative and editorial staff at the newspaper.  Reed is the son of Keetha and Jeffrey Mosley of Winona and Jessyi and Jody Reed of Guntown.

Reed hopes to pursue a career in computer programing in addition to traveling the world.

“We are thrilled to have Chloe and Tillman join our newspaper team this summer,” said Amanda Sexton Ferguson, editor and publisher.  “Chloe not only brings with her an Ivy League education but practical newspaper experience from working several summers at the Greenwood Commonwealth.  She is a talented storyteller. ”

Ferguson went on to say, “Tillman Reed is wonderfully creative, enthusiastic, and gifted in the field of technology.  I look forward to working with him to expand the newspaper’s social media presence.”


Arie Lee Jordan, 82, of Carrollton, died Aug. 20, 2018, at her home in Carrollton.