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Released January15, 2003


HATTIESBURG – Christopher Mapp, a Hattiesburg American news and sports writer for the past three years, has joined The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Marketing and Public Relations as assistant director for news and marketing.

A native of Hattiesburg, Mapp assumed his new position Jan. 2. He will be in charge of news coverage for a wide cross section of academic and staff areas across the university, including the colleges of Science and Technology and Business Administration.

"Chris loves Southern Miss and is an excellent writer," said Lisa Mader, director of Marketing and Public Relations. "The combination of those attributes will be an asset to our university when it comes to finding great stories to tell and knowing what news directors are looking for in those stories. We're glad to have Chris on our team."

Mapp holds two bachelor's degrees from Southern Miss – one in journalism and another in political science – and plans to begin work on a master's degree in public relations later this year. He formerly worked part-time as a student writer in the university's PR department.

Mapp has spent the past three years writing news and sports for the Hattiesburg American, where he won a Mississippi Press Association award for Best Sports News Story and Best Column, as well as a Best of Gannett Well Done Award for an investigative piece in 2001. As prep sports editor, he also handled page layout and design, and coordinated special sections.

A life-long fan of Golden Eagle athletics, Mapp has a 3-year-old son, Michael. "He is already showing early signs of Eagle Fever," Mapp said of his son


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