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Today is December 6, 2022


Storytelling and storytellers

By Michael Callahan

Storytelling and storytellers

Storytelling is at the core of what Today in Mississippi does every month. 

Whether it’s articles about electrical power safety, information about your co-op’s annual meeting, or the amazing feature stories we publish that showcase the best of Mississippi, the magazine strives to tell the stories that our members both need and want.

This month, our cover feature happens to be a story about storytellers.

The name “Cleveland” is synonymous with sports writing in Mississippi. Three generations of the Cleveland family have been telling the stories of the state’s athletes from the state’s rural high school fields to the biggest stages in professional sports.

Robert “Ace” Cleveland, his sons Rick Cleveland, — known as the dean of Mississippi sportswriters — his brother Robert “Bobby” Cleveland Jr., who tragically died earlier this year, and Rick’s son, Tyler Cleveland, are an honest to goodness sports writing dynasty.

We hope you enjoy their story.

Speaking of storytelling, I would be remiss if I didn’t give kudos to our staff at Today in Mississippi.

The magazine won two National Rural Electric Cooperatives Statewide Editors Association Willie awards this year.

Creative Manager Chad Calcote won 1st place in the Best Portrait Photo category for his photograph of retired PR guru Joe Dera and Flora butcher and Chef David Raines from the March 2022 issue.

Today in Mississippi Editor Steven Ward won an Award of Excellence (2nd Place) in the Best Entertaining Feature (under 650 words) category for his February 2022 story about a collector of 1980s pizza restaurant memorabilia.

The Willie Awards, which are held annually, showcase the best writing, photos, and design of statewide co-op magazines from all over the U.S.

Month in, and month out, the talented staff of this magazine works hard to put together a publication that is both entertaining and filled with important information about your electric cooperative.

They are all storytellers at heart, and we hope that comes through every time you open one of our issues.  


by Michael Callahan

Executive Vice President/CEO

Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi

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