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.
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.
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.