MEET THE STAFF
ADAM PRESTRIDGE, editor/publisher
Prestridge became editor and publisher of The Columbian-Progress, Marion County’s Advertiser, www.columbianprogress.com and its affiliate publications in July 2011 after serving as publisher of a twice-weekly newspaper in south Alabama for nearly seven years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 18 years serving in a variety of capacities at newspapers throughout his home state of Alabama.
A native of Gardendale, Ala., Prestridge began his career at his hometown newspaper, The North Jefferson News, finding early success, quickly working his way up the ranks to sports editor before leaving home for south Alabama.
Prestridge studied at Jefferson State and has successfully completed a variety of sales and marketing courses, most notably, Dale Carnegie’s Sales Management Course and Landy Chase Sales Training.
Prestridge is vice chairman of the Marion County Development Partnership’s Board of Directors and previously served as chairman of its Small Business Committee. He is also an MCDP Ambassador and is a member of the Columbia Rotary Club, where he served as Rotary Soccer Chairman for two years and as a head coach. He also volunteered as a coach for Dean Griner Dixie Youth Baseball and has been active in Relay For Life fundraising.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married 10 years and have two sons, Ethan and Logan. They are members of North Columbia Baptist Church, where they teach Sunday school together and serve as Vacation Bible School leaders.
BONNIE HUDSON, business manager
Bonnie is the veteran of The Columbian-Progress staff, having been employed with the company for 29 years. She began work at the newspaper in 1984 as an ad rep and was later promoted to ad director, where she continued in that role for 16 years. For the last 10 years, she has served as business manager. She and her husband, Jimmy, have been married 28 years and have three children, Phillip (April) Grayson, Tiffany (Matthew) Campbell and Jamie Hudson and six grandchildren, Alex, Samuel and Chase Grayson and Hagen, Hudson and Holden Campbell. She is a member of North Columbia Baptist Church and enjoys spending time with her “grands” and traveling with friends on her free time.
MARK ROGERS, managing editor
Rogers has been the managing editor of The Columbian-Progress since December 2009. Prior to coming to Columbia, Rogers served as sports editor of the Delta Democrat Times in Greenville. Rogers has more than 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry and has served in a variety of management roles at newspapers in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Kent State University. He is originally from Kent, Ohio.
Mark is married to Amelia W. Magee-Rogers, a Columbia native. Rogers has a son, Brian, 18, who attends Pearl River Community College. He and his father share a love of trumpet playing. The Rogers family is also home to two large, lazy cats: Dimey and Jingles, and a fluffy white puppy, Sugar.
A multi-year member of the Kiwanis Club of Columbia, Mark enjoys volunteering in the community. He is also a member of First United Methodist Church of Columbia, where he sings in the Chancel Choir.
KIM GINGELL, advertising consultant
A lifelong resident of Marion County, Kim resides in Columbia. She has been a member of The Columbian-Progress’ staff for more than 16 years, having worked in various capacities including the circulation department and office manager. She has been a sales consultant for the newspaper for more than 10 years and has more than 20 years of sales experience.
Kim is a graduate of Columbia Academy and has completed numerous advertising training seminars. She is a mother of two, Heather Teat and Jamie Gingell, and has one grandson, Hayes.
In her free time, Kim enjoys shopping, watching movies, watching and attending football games especially the New Orleans Saints and spending time with family.
TAMMY RILEY, advertising consultant
A lifelong resident of Marion County, Riley resides in Columbia. She has been a member of The Columbian-Progress’ staff for more than 15 years. She has been a sales consultant for newspapers across south Mississippi for more than 25 years. She has successfully completed numerous advertising training seminars including Dale Carnegie, Zig Ziglar and Tony Robbins.
Tammy is a graduate of Pearl River Junior College and West Marion High School. She and her husband, Carroll, have been married for 36 years and have two children, Tanya (Chris) Graves and Tasha Riley and have three granddaughters, Megan, Maddie and Caroline. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Columbia.
In her free time, Tammy enjoys playing Bunco, duplicate Bridge and spending time with family and friends.
WRIGHT NICHOLS, production manager
Wright is a lifelong Mississippian that grew up in Jackson. He attended The Citadel and William Carey University. Wright has been in the graphic design business for 23 years; 17 of those in the newspaper industry. He is married to Carey Sullivan of Hattiesburg, and is the father of twin girls, Emily and Maggie. They attend Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.