Our Writers & Photographers

Nate Williams

Nate’s a lover of all things Oxford, and is the new operator of OxfordMississippi.com. More details on him to come.. stay tuned!


Peter M. Askew

Peter’s an Atlanta, GA native and 1995 graduate of Ole Miss, where he barely proudly achieved a degree in Southern Studies. He’s also the previous owner of OxfordMississippi.com. He’s very tall (6’8), he eats like a bird, and wandered aimlessly on the planet until the web was invented.


Derek Moreton

Described as “refreshingly mischievous” and heralded as “America’s Mayor,” Derek Moreton returns to a few of his previous professions for OxfordMississippi.com. As a photographer, Derek lends his eye with shots reflecting his view of a town he’s calling home for the fourth time since 1991. As a contributing writer… well, you’ll see. Derek can be found at The Lyric Hall, the City Grocery, Proud Larry’s and all points in between.


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Rachel G. Smith

Rachel finished graduate school at Ole Miss last May, now completing a thesis that discusses the reformation of news dissemination by means of social media. Or, how twitter changed the world. Her favorite author is Salinger and there’s a tattoo to prove it. She now works as a market analyst in Memphis, TN and never stops listening to the Heartless Bastards and Florence + the Machine.


Kevin W. Frye

Kevin’s a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Oxford, where he has established his own law practice and serves as Adjunct Professor of Trial and Appellate Skills at the University of Mississippi School of Law. In addition, he’s a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where he teaches Sunday School and sings in the choir. Mr. Frye is also the Founder and Publisher of the Mississippi Criminal Defense Law Blog .

Prior to forming his own law practice, Mr. Frye practiced with established law firms in Ridgeland and Oxford and served as Law Clerk for the Third Judicial District Circuit Court. Before moving to Oxford to attend law school Mr. Frye obtained a Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.


Carroll Gunn

Carroll is a native of good ol’ Oxford, Mississippi. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2007 with a BA in journalism. She then realized that she wanted to make a profession out of education and applied to journalism graduate school at Ole Miss. She is now one semester and a thesis on lynching away from obtaining a MA in journalism. Carroll has written for many different publications and is co-author of the book, “The Life of Mary Shepard, Queen of Club Ebony.” She loves reading southern literature, especially William Faulkner and Larry Brown. She also loves being outdoors with her labradoodle, Edee.


Katherine E. Janssen

Kati’s a native of Mattoon, Illinois, and currently a student at The University of Mississippi. She’s a Criminal Justice Major with an emphasis in Homeland Security and plans to graduate in May of 2009. She’s also a member of the Navy ROTC at Ole Miss and will be commissioned as a United States Navy Officer in May 2009. She has two sisters, Brianna and Jennifer Janssen, and is also engaged to Steven Utroska, with wedding plans scheduled for March 14th, 2009. Kati also enjoy spending time reading, writing, and playing with her German Shepard, Eva.


Phil Balkner

I am Phil Balkner.

You are Phil Balkner.

They are Phil Balkner.

“Who is Keyser Soze? He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Soze. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. And poof. Just like that, he’s gone.”

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