Instructor of Journalism Deidra Jackson has taught undergraduates at Ole Miss for seven years. She began teaching journalism after five years as a communications specialist in UM Media & PR. Prior to returning to work at UM, where she received a master’s degree in 1995, she served as editor of the weekly Triangle Tribune newspaper in Durham, N.C. and spent more than six years as a reporter at the News & Observer, covering courts, schools and suburban communities out of the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C. news bureaus. She also has been a newspaper reporter in Mississippi. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Mississippi University for Women (Columbus), where she cut her teeth in journalism under the mentorship of a former (Memphis) Commercial Appeal managing editor, she worked as a broadcast news personality at three Mississippi radio stations before heading to North Carolina to pursue a career in newspapers. In addition to teaching and advising students, she also serves as technical editor of The Financial Review, a quarterly financial economic research journal. An avid researcher throughout college, she currently is collecting photos and conducting interviews in hopes of documenting black life in Oxford in the 1940s and 1950s. She has an 11-year-old son, Jackson Reid, of whom she’s very proud.