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About The Daily Memphian

Launched in September 2018, The Daily Memphian is the must-read, primary daily online publication for intelligent, in-depth journalism in the Memphis community. The Daily Memphian will report on critical news, hold political, business and community leaders accountable, and engage with and entertain its readers – all while seeking truth, acting with integrity, and never fearing stories simply because of their negative or positive attributes. Led by a seasoned team of veteran journalists, The Daily Memphian is of Memphis, not just in Memphis, and seeks to tell the stories of this city.



Eric Barnes, CEO. Eric is the longtime publisher of The Daily News and host of Behind the Headlines on WKNO. He’s a former President of the Tennessee Press Association, was once COO of Towery Publishing in Memphis, and has worked as a reporter, editor and in other positions at media companies in New York and Connecticut.

James Overstreet, Editor. James was formerly the Executive Editor of The Daily News, as well as Business Editor at The Commercial Appeal, Managing Editor of The Memphis Business Journal, and a reporter at numerous publications in the Southeast.

Otis Sanford, Columnist & Editor-at-Large. Otis holds the Chair of Excellence in the Department of Journalism & Strategic Media at The University of Memphis. Otis is the former Managing Editor at The Commercial Appeal, Deputy City Editor at Detroit Free Press and Assistant City Editor at The Pittsburgh Press. He worked as a reporter at The Clarion-Ledger and The Commercial Appeal.

Kathy Kendrick, Business Manager. Kathy was for two decades the Business Manager of The Memphis Business Journal.

Jason Israel, Chief Technology Officer. Jason is a native Memphian who has led several Memphis based SAAS companies as a start-up CTO and software engineer for over 20 years including Verified Person Inc., Extracon Science LLC, Rapsheets.com and The Daily News. Jason holds a B.B.A. in MIS from the University of Memphis.


Board of Directors

Andy Cates, President
Managing Member, ValFund

James Maclin, Secretary & Treasurer
Principal/Consultant, M&M Enterprises

Roshun Austin, Director
President/CEO, The Works, Inc.

Nancy Coffee, Director
SVP, The Chairman's Circle, Greater Memphis Chamber

Robert J. Davis, Director
President and Editor-in-Chief, Everwell

Mary Tabor Engel, Director
Former reporter for The New York Times

Edward Felsenthal, Director
Editor, TIME

Deanie Parker, Director
Former President/CEO, Soulsville, Inc.

Leslie Smith, Director
President and CEO, Epicenter



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Frustrated by the gutting of local journalism in Memphis, a group of seasoned journalists, media professionals and concerned citizens gathered to discuss the need for strong, locally focused and locally produced daily news. After much research and outreach to local and national media professionals and thought leaders, Memphis Fourth Estate Inc. was formed. A 501(C)3 nonprofit, Memphis Fourth Estate owns and operates The Daily Memphian; however, the newsroom operates independently of Memphis Fourth Estate's influence and will not know donor names or pledges.

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