Sun Herald's award-winning journalists take home top prizes at Mississippi press awards

The Sun Herald staff took home 25 honors at the 2018 Mississippi Press Association Awards on Saturday.

The ceremony was held in New Orleans during a joint convention of the Louisiana and Mississippi press associations.

Political editor Paul Hampton received the J. Oliver Emerich Award for Editorial Excellence, named for the late Enterprise-Journal publisher J.O. Emerich, considered to be the dean of Mississippi opinion writing. Hampton has been in print journalism for over 30 years as a pressman, ad salesman, photographer, beat writer, crime reporter, copy editor, designer, news editor, presentation editor and wire editor. He's been the politics editor and editorial writer at the Sun Herald for almost five years.

Hampton also won the Division A First Place award for Commentary Column writing.

Shannon Wall, the Sun Herald's publisher, says Hampton "is among the finest journalists she's ever seen."

The Sun Herald staff won the following MPA awards.