Title: News Writer
Leah Barbour joined 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 also writes public service announcements and performs voice-overs to help disseminate the university's global impact to national and international audiences.
Not only is Leah the vice president of communication for the Starkville-MSU Public Relations Association of Mississippi Chapter, she is also an award-winning news and feature writer. During the 2013-14 academic year, Leah received seven awards, four of which were first place, recognizing her superior writing for and about Mississippi State. The College Public Relations Association of Mississippi recognized Leah with three first-place awards, while the local PRAM chapter awarded her its top honor, the PRism.
Leah works closely with many Mississippi State departments, including anthropology, architecture, computer science, distance education, engineering, geosciences, 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, among others.
Before she came to Public Affairs, Leah completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in English at Mississippi State in 2004 and 2006, respectively. She works as a freelance editor for Mississippi State's Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty in her spare time.