Amy named reporter for AP's Jackson, Miss., bureau

October 12, 2011 - 9:50 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jeffrey Amy, who has covered Southern politics and business for several news organizations, will join the Associated Press in Jackson as a reporter.

The appointment was announced Wednesday by South Region Editor Lisa Marie Pane and Louisiana-Mississippi News Editor Brian Schwaner.

In Jackson, Amy will cover the business and the economy in Mississippi, education, and demographics and poverty.

"We're pleased to be able to add to the Mississippi news team a veteran Southern journalist who knows well the defining elements of culture, politics and economics so important in Mississippi and to AP members," said Adam Yeomans, AP's bureau chief for Mississippi.

Most recently, Amy was a reporter at the Mobile Press-Register, where he covered the Alabama Legislature and public policy, higher education, business and the economy along the Gulf Coast.

"Amy's background in database and investigative journalism and his knowledge of the South — especially along the Gulf Coast — will be invaluable as the AP seeks to tell the story of Mississippi, its people and its issues for a state, national and global audience," Pane said.

In 2010, he won the Alabama Associated Press Managing Editors' award for business coverage.

Amy, 38, is a native of Baton Rouge, La. He received a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in 1995 from Princeton University and holds a master's in journalism with emphasis on public policy from the University of Missouri at Columbia.