Dr. Edwin E. Meek, a longtime employee of the University, entrepreneur, University benefactor and member of the Ole Miss Hall of Fame, created and developed hottytoddy.com. The Meek family arranged for it to be placed into a trust for the benefit of the then “Meek School of Journalism and New Media.” It fulfills Dr. Meek’s vision that hottytoddy.com would serve as an immersion laboratory for students of Journalism and Integrated Marketing Communications.
Content is produced by students, interns and a small staff. Hottytoddy.com is editorially independent from the School of Journalism and New Media in which it is housed.
Adam Brown is the sports editor of HottyToddy.com. He got his B.A. in journalism from the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism and New Media in 2012. Adam is a native of Oxford. Along with being the sports editor, he can be seen at all the sporting events around town.
Prior to joining HottyToddy.com, Adam worked as a statistician for the Oxford Park Commission and Ability Works. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Caroline Gleason is the integrated marketing specialist at hottytoddy.com, a graduate position at the School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi. She was born and raised in Sikeston, Missouri and moved to Oxford to attend the University of Mississippi for undergrad.
Caroline graduated from UM in May 2020 with a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications and is currently pursing a Master of Arts in Professional Journalism.
Before graduating with her Bachelor’s, Caroline had experience as an intern with hottytoddy.com. She also worked as a creative marketing intern with Vast Broadband, and a promotional event intern for Starstruck Entertainment.
She spends her free time with family and friends cheering on the Ole Miss Rebels at any sporting event.
Denise L. Berkhalter, APR
Denise L. Berkhalter, APR, is interim editor-in-chief of hottytoddy.com. She is a freelance writer and editor and works as a public relations professional.
The Mississippi native has more than two decades of experience in mass communication fields, including as a longtime digital news editor, newspaper editor, reporter, freelance writer and editor, graphic designer, and public relations professional. She has served as vice president of public relations and marketing for the Birmingham Association of REALTORS, director of public relations for the Alabama Association of School Boards, coordinator of marketing and communications for Tuskegee University, and assistant managing editor-news at the Montgomery Advertiser. She was a journalist at newspapers in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.
A summa cum laude graduate of Troy University Montgomery (master’s in management) and Jackson State University (bachelor’s in mass communication, public relations emphasis), Berkhalter’s favorite title is mom. She has a daughter and son. She is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Alyssa Schnugg has been a journalist for more than 20 years, working in Florida for Suncoast Media Group for 10 years as a reporter and an editor, before moving to Oxford in 2007.
She worked at The Oxford Eagle for 11 years as a staff writer, city editor and senior writer, before accepting the position with HottyToddy.com in June 2018.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Schnugg lived in Florida for 18 years before moving herself and her three now-adult children to Oxford.
She’s won several awards throughout the years from the Florida Press Association, Mississippi Press Association and the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press.
When not working, she spends most of her time doting on her grandchildren.
You can reach her with story tips, ideas and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a text to 662-607-0154.
Babs Blair is in advertising and sales for hottytoddy.com. She is an insurance agent at Shelter Insurance Companies. She has been the Senior Director of Leasing for the Dallas Market Center in Texas, as well as Vice President of Leasing for World Market Center Las Vegas.
Blair served as advertising manager for New Media Lab LLC in Oxford. While at the University of Mississippi, she studied business, management, marketing, and related support services and was involved in the Golden Key National Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.
Rachel West is in advertising and sales for hottytoddy.com. She is the publisher of Invitation Magazines (Invitation Oxford, Invitation Tupelo and Invitation University), North Mississippi’s only local magazines covering Oxford and Tupelo. She oversees a staff of artists, editors, writers and a sales team. She founded Invitation Oxford in 2006 and Invitation Tupelo four years later.
Previous to launching Invitation Magazines, Rachel won several awards from the Mississippi Press Association as a daily newspaper feature writer, worked in public relations, and served as a public information officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Rachel earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Ole Miss (Class of 2001) and a master’s degree in business marketing and management. She is a native of Arkansas and has lived in Mississippi for 19 years.