The people behind The Oxford EAGLE —
and why we do what we do
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.”
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.”
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.”