Founded by four Jackson businessmen—Neal Clement, Howard Stover, former copublisher Robert Temple, and current publisher Richard Roper—Mississippi Magazine is a descendant of Jackson Magazine, which changed its name to Mississippi Magazine during 1979, its fourth and final year of operation. Clement, Stover, Temple, and Roper bought the rights to the name and launched the current Mississippi Magazine with the September–October 1982 issue.
According to its editors, Mississippi Magazine is the state’s premier lifestyle publication and is dedicated to “celebrating the positive aspects of the Magnolia State.” The bimonthly magazine publishes features on famous Mississippians (including John Grisham, Eudora Welty, and Morgan Freeman) and historical sites as well as gardening and decorating tips. Circulation has quadrupled from 11,500 in 1982 to 46,000 in 2016. Since 1993 the January–February issue has featured a popular wedding register that now includes more than three hundred listings. The twentieth anniversary issue, published in September–October 2002, surveyed readers on their choices in such categories as Best Mississippi Museum and Best Musician, which it continues to do annually. The magazine has run under the helm of several editors since its beginning. Mississippi Magazine’s editorial offices are located in Jackson.
- Kelly Ingebretsen, Mississippi Business Journal (16 September 2002)
- Mississippi Magazine website, www.mismag.com