The people behind The Oxford EAGLE —
and why we do what we do
News Editor Jonathan Scott has been with The EAGLE since 2002. A native of Memphis, he graduated from the University of Mississippi. His previous posts included general-assignment reporting at The Mississippi Press in Pascagoula; investigative reporting and copy editing for Tab Newspapers in Boston; political reporting for the Memphis Business Journal; and overseeing three trade magazines as vice president of publishing for Oxford Publishing. He has also served as an adjunct professor for the UM School of Journalism. He and his wife, Martha Morgan Scott, have three children, Jon, Lucie and Emma.
Jon’s reason: “I find this work as much fun as it is challenging. The fun part is being able to interact with so many different people in the community, from all walks of life. The challenging part is that no two days are alike. Every day is different.”
Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks has been with The EAGLE since 2010. A native of Water Valley, he graduated from the University of Mississippi. He began his journalism career as a sports stringer for The Oxford EAGLE while also serving as the paper’s webmaster. Eubanks was an assistant sports copy editor at the Tupelo Daily Journal in 2010 before returning to The EAGLE in his current position. Jeff and his wife, Holly, were married in 2011.
Jeff’s reason: “I enjoy what I do every day. It seems to offer something different.”
Photographer Bruce Newman has served The EAGLE’s sports and editorial departments since 1986. Originally from Clarksdale, he is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. His work has been featured in publications around the world, including Sports Illustrated, USA Today and The New York Times. Although he has photographed everything from a presidential debate to Ole Miss beating Florida in The Swamp, his favorite photo subject is his son, Jackson. He is married to Kristin Gilmore Newman and is a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
Bruce’s reason: “I like taking pictures, I meet lots of interesting people — and I get in free to almost everything.”
Senior Staff Writer Lucy Schultze, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, joined The EAGLE in 2001 and continues to write part-time. Her current duties include the Thursday Q&A column “A Conversation With…” She has been a board member and volunteer with the United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County. She is married to Robert Schultze and attends College Hill Presbyterian Church.
Lucy’s reason: “I love the craft of writing and the role a job like this allows you to have in a community. I’ve learned so much from people here, and it’s a real honor that they’re willing to share their stories with me.”
Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg is a mother of three and a native of North Brunswick, N.J. She joined The EAGLE in 2007 from the Charlotte Sun daily newspaper in Port Charlotte, Fla., where she worked for 10 years. Her primary beats at The EAGLE include county government, crime and courts, as well as managing the Friday feature section Oxford Living.
Alyssa’s reason: “Whether it’s writing a story about judicial bribery, a family that lost their loved one to a murder or how the county is spending tax payers’ money, I try to tell the story in terms that people can relate to and I feel a sense of pride when I see someone sitting and enjoying lunch while reading something I have written.”
Staff Writer Jerra Scott has been with The EAGLE since 2013. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in political science from the University of Mississippi. She grew up in Olive Branch, came to Ole Miss and currently lives in Water Valley. Her hobbies include photography and Tennessee Walking horses.
Jerra’s reason: “I wanted to be in journalism since I was in high school where I was the school newspaper’s editor. The EAGLE offers me a chance to network and meet interesting people while I do something I love which is writing.”
Sports Editor Davis Potter joined The EAGLE full-time in 2013 as assistant sports editor. A native of Tupelo, he is a 2006 graduate of Tupelo High where baseball and basketball. He went on to play baseball two years at Itawamba Community College and is a 2011 graduate of Auburn University with a degree in journalism. He served as sports editor of Journal Record in Hamilton, Ala., for two years before coming to Oxford.
Davis’ reason: “I went into journalism to continue to do something I loved – covering sports – as a professional. The EAGLE gives me the ability and chance to cover all sports at the highest level.”
Assistant Sports Editor Jake Thompson joined The EAGLE fulltime in 2014. He previously had worked for The EAGLE as a stringer in 2012 and 2013 while attending the University of Mississippi where he graduated in 2013 with a degree in journalism. Jake is a native of Brandon who now lives in Oxford.
Jake’s reason: “I went into journalism because I love to tell stories and write about sports. I enjoy working in Oxford where you get to cover the local high schools as well as a major university. My job is getting to cover what I love.”