Mississippi Public Broadcasting Director Ronnie Agnew Keynotes MC Summer Graduation
July 2, 2012
Ronnie Agnew, the executive director at Mississippi Public Broadcasting and an award-winning newspaper columnist, is the guest speaker at Mississippi College’s summer commencement on August 4.
The event begins at 10 a.m. at the A.E. Wood Coliseum. MC officials expect up to 275 students will receive diplomas on the Clinton campus that Saturday.
After a 27-year newspaper career, Agnew joined MPB in August 2011 as the agency’s leader. He oversees three primary areas that form the agency’s mission: emergency preparedness and response, economic impact media and educational resource development for all projects.
The Saltillo, Mississippi native is responsible for developing programming and educational content, while addressing health, workforce development and tourism. Agnew handles all MPB radio and television programming as well as the agency’s digital initiatives.
The Legislature created the agency in 1969 and it first hit the airwaves in 1970 as Mississippi Educational Television.
A 1984 graduate of the University of Mississippi, Agnew served as executive editor of “The Clarion-Ledger” from August 2002 to August 2011. Under his leadership, Mississippi’s biggest newspaper captured a number of state and national awards. The Mississippian remains active in national journalism circles and served as a Pulitzer Prize judge three times.
A Madison County resident, Agnew and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 25 years, and are the parents of three children, Christopher, Victoria, and Rachel.
Photo: Ronnie Agnew