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About Us

From steamboats to spaceships – The Natchez Democrat has told the stories. From the great steamboat race between the Natchez and Robert E. Lee in 1870 to man’s first moonwalk some 100 years later, and even more recently the landing on Mars, Miss-Lou readers found the stories in their Natchez paper.

The Natchez Democrat was started in 1865 by Capt. James W. Lambert and Paul A. Botto. Capt. Lambert bought the Botto interest only a few months after the paper got its start that October, and four generations of Lamberts published the newspaper until 1970, when it was purchased by James B. Boone Jr. of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Today, The Democrat is owned by Natchez Newspapers Inc., which also publishes the Miss-Lou Guide, and is a part of the Boone Newspapers Inc. publishing group.

Cited as Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper by the Mississippi Press Association, The Democrat and its staff have garnered numerous awards for writing, photography, layout and design, including Best of Boone honors for two years in a row.

The Democrat covers Adams County and its neighboring Franklin, Wilkinson, Amite, Claiborne and Jefferson counties in Mississippi and Concordia Parish in Louisiana. It is published seven mornings a week.

Much has appeared in the pages of The Natchez Democrat:

  • The great steamboat race between the Natchez and Robert E. Lee in 1870.
  • Man’s first moonwalk some 100 years later, and even more recently the landing on Mars.
  • Coverage of wars since the Civil War through modern times.
  • Countless scrapbook memories of weddings, engagements, births, deaths and an untold number of “refrigerator moments” of life, clipped and proudly displayed in kitchens across the community.

And we continue to report our community’s history each and every day — informing and entertaining thousands each day in print and online.

Leadership Team

Rex Maynor : Publisher

Rex Maynor

Publisher

Jan Griffey : General manager

Jan Griffey

General manager

jan.griffey@natchezdemocrat.com
Scott Hawkins : Editor

Scott Hawkins

Editor

scott.hawkins@natchezdemocrat.com
K.O. Bennett : Pressroom foreman

K.O. Bennett

Pressroom foreman

ko.bennett@natchezdemocrat.com
Ben Hillyer : News editor

Ben Hillyer

News editor

ben.hillyer@natchezdemocrat.com

News Team

Scott Hawkins : Editor

Scott Hawkins

Editor

scott.hawkins@natchezdemocrat.com
Ben Hillyer : News editor

Ben Hillyer

News editor

ben.hillyer@natchezdemocrat.com
Sabrina Robertson : Reporter

Sabrina Robertson

Reporter

sabrina.simms@natchezdemocrat.com
Patrick Murphy : Sports reporter

Patrick Murphy

Sports reporter

Marketing Team

Customer Service Team

Theresa Davis : Customer service

Theresa Davis

Customer service

theresa.davis@natchezdemocrat.com

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