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Leslie Criss

Executive Editor, Invitation Magazine


A native of Grenada, Mississippi, Leslie Criss received her undergraduate degree in English from Mississippi College. For eight years, she taught junior high and high school English on the Gulf Coast, then worked on a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Mississippi.


Her first newspaper job was at The Carthaginian, a small weekly paper in the center of the state. She covered city, county and school boards, wrote features, took and developed photos and began writing a weekly column that continued at various newspapers for nearly three decades.


Leslie spent eight years as features editor, writer and columnist at The Vicksburg Post, and for the past 20 years, has been features editor and an award-winning columnist at the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.


She is thrilled to be a new member of the Invitation Magazines family and looks forward to continuing to tell stories about northeast Mississippi.

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