Title: News Writer
Leah Barbour joined the Office of Public Affairs in 2012 as a news writer. She develops news releases, feature stories and short videos highlighting Mississippi State programs, administrators, faculty, students and benefactors.
Leah works closely with several Mississippi State departments, including anthropology, architecture, computer science, distance education, engineering, interior design, language, housing, manufacturing, philosophy and religion, political science and public administration, natural sciences, and student affairs. Additionally, Leah covers several campus groups, including the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Center for America's Veterans, Holmes Cultural Diversity Center and the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development.
Before coming to Public Affairs, Leah spent almost three years reporting education news at an East Tennessee newspaper. Leah completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in English at Mississippi State in 2004 and 2006, respectively. She taught at the university prior to accepting a position as site coordinator and lead tutor for elementary, middle and high school tutoring programs. In those roles, Leah also designed, wrote, edited, produced and distributed community newsletters.
In her spare time, Leah works as a freelance editor for Mississippi State's Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty. A proud Bulldog, she enjoys all Mississippi State athletics. Leah also likes identifying trees, flowers and birds on campus, as well as learning more about Mississippi State history.