Our Staff

Meet the Staff:


JAMIE PATTERSON, Editor and Publisher

Jamie Patterson is the editor and publisher of The Yazoo Herald. She oversees the entire operation of the newspaper. She is responsible for ensuring that the newspaper is profitable while also providing the best community news and most effective advertising options in our coverage area. She is a veteran journalist and has won many awards for writing and photography during her career.

After earning her degree in journalism from Delta State University, she worked at both weekly and daily newspapers before joining The Yazoo Herald staff in 2007. Jamie has won numerous awards for writing and photography, including the Bill Minor Award for In Depth/Investigative Reporting in 2010 and the Bill Minor Award for General News Reporting in 2016 and the Bill Minor Award for Investigative coverage in 2018. She also won the Dan Phillips Freedom of Information Award in 2019.

She is involved in many civic activities and is a member and past president of the Yazoo City Lions Club the Yazoo Rotary Club.

Jamie is married to former Jason Patterson, a former publisher of The Yazoo Herald, and they have three children, James, Elsie and Jase.





SHEILA TRIMM YOUNG, classifieds manager

Sheila Trimm Young is the manager of classifieds and legal advertising, an advertising representative and handles numerous responsibilities in the business office.

She has won many awards for advertising and design during her career.

Sheila is a Yazoo City native who has been with The Yazoo Herald for over 20 years.




KAYE ODOM, bookkeeper/circulation manager


Kaye Odom is the bookkeeper and circulation manager. She is responsible for billing and collections for display advertising, payroll, accounts payable and financial statements. She and her husband Terry are longtime Yazoo residents.