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.
James Dowd is Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of HottyToddy.com. He is an award-winning journalist and communications professional with more than two decades of experience as an editor, blogger, columnist, and reporter.
The Tennessee native moved to Oxford from Memphis, where he worked at The Commercial Appeal covering beats that included business, education, politics and religion. He was a public relations executive at Sullivan Branding and a corporate communications officer and media relations director at First Horizon Bank. He has been actively involved in numerous civic and professional organizations, including serving as president of the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and as a Rotary Club president and Jaycees vice president.
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.
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.
Kevin J. Seddon
Kevin J. Seddon holds or has held C-level management positions in a wide range of businesses, and has launched numerous new business ventures, as well as provided marketing and communications consultation. Seddon is currently a majority shareholder of Sanus Marketing, LLC, a business development and strategic marketing company that provides or has provided marketing and consultation services for a multitude of companies including the United States Department of Defense, National Center for Physical Acoustics, The Oxford American, Oxford Publishing, Real Leaders Magazine, Compaq Computer Corporation, Corel Software, Planning Systems, Inc., John Wiley & Sons Publishers, IQS (Japan), MSC Software, Global Linux, MSC Software, Neckglasses, LLC, Tupelo Furniture Market, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. Seddon’s companies own eight patents and he is currently an adjunct professor and Advisory Board Member at UM’s School of Journalism and New Media.
You can reach him at email@example.com or call 662-816-5964.