R.L. Nave | rnave@reckonmedia.com

Executive Editor

Ryan "R.L." Nave has been Reckon's editor since May 2020, when he joined to help oversee newsroom's relaunch into a brand for millennials in the South. Prior to joining Reckon, he served as editor-in-chief of Mississippi Today, now the state’s largest newsroom. There, he was among one of the first staffers hired to start the nonprofit newsroom and served as news editor running the legislative team and overseeing coverage of criminal justice and environmental issues. Nave was also an editor and reporter at the Jackson (Miss.) Free Press and a staff writer for Illinois Times in the capital, Springfield. He's also been an independent journalist, his work appearing on Serial/The New York Times, Ebony, The Root, The Source and other local and national publications. His reporting has received dozens of state and national journalism awards and has led teams whose work garnered local, state and national journalism awards, including the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Journalism and an Edward R. Murrow Award. He was a 2019 McGraw Business Reporting fellow at City University New York and completed fellowships at the University of Colorado-Boulder and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. A member of several professional journalism associations, he served as president of the Jackson, Miss., chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and is currently chairman of the board for the Jackson-based Center for Ideas, Equity & Transformative Change. He grew up near St. Louis in University City, Mo., and graduated from the University of Missouri.