New Public Affairs Show, Mississippi Matters, Launches in Jackson

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

WAPT, the ABC station in Jackson, Miss., is launching a new 30-minute public affairs program on Sundays at 11:35 p.m.

Called Mississippi Matters, the show will be produced in partnership with the United Way of the Capital Area and will address the major issues plaguing the nation and local communities today.

Anchor Erin Pickens will host the program.


“Mississippi Matters helps viewers dive deeper into the topics affecting each and every one of us. These are conversations vital to moving our state forward,” said Mike Neelly, president and general manager. “This is just one more way that 16 WAPT is fulfilling our commitment to serve our community.”

The inaugural episode of the new show featured NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson.

In the next Mississippi Matters episode, Pickens will interview Ronnie Musgrove, former governor of Mississippi.