Donna Ladd (2019) is an editor and journalist from Philadelphia, Mississippi, focusing on the intersection of race, young people, gender and the criminal justice system. She is the editor-in-chief of Jackson Free Press Inc., which she co-founded in 2002. Donna also writes long-form features for The Guardian and is a Quattrone Center investigative reporting fellow, focusing on systemic breakdowns and race/gender disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system.

In recent years, Donna was a W.K. Kellogg Foundation fellow, which led to her founding of the Mississippi Youth Media Project, in which Jackson-area teenagers produce award-winning, rigorous, solutions-focused journalism on problems in their communities.

Donna is currently writing “Mississippi Turning,” a book-in-progress, as well as a series of Guardian and Jackson Free Press articles, about a diverse group of Mississippians working together across race and class lines to lower crime, increase understanding across racial lines and build unpredictable community.