Vaught Society Member Dennis Moore Named Silver Em Honoree

Moore Earns Most Prestigious Journalism Honor Given by UM

By Brandon Lee

Photo by Ashley F.G. Norwood, Mississippi Today

It’s not every day that a prestigious journalism honor and a generous donor to athletics go hand-in-hand, but Dennis Moore, a University of Mississippi graduate, has earned one of the biggest awards the University bestows, and also pledged his commitment to the Ole Miss Rebels.

Moore began his journalism career more locally as a reporter in Germantown, Tennessee, as an unpaid copy editor at the Germantown News, and has since climbed all the way through the journalism ranks to now the co-chief editorial officer of Mississippi Today.

Throughout his rise to now a founding editor of a new Mississippi enterprise, Moore has always been a generous donor both financially and with his time to the University. He’s always been a fan of athletics, but it’s not until recently that he etched his name as a key contributor to the athletics department.

“When I was a student, I never imagined the phenomenal progress the University would make academically and athletically, Moore said. “It is a privilege for me to support and encourage today’s Ole Miss students as they learn in the classroom and in sports competition. Excellence is not an exception now; it is expected.”

Last summer, Moore signed up to join the Vaught Society, his first ever gift of any kind to athletics. But just last month, he was named this year’s Samuel Talbert Silver Em recipient by the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. The award, named for an early department chairman and leader in journalism education, is the most prestigious journalism honor the university bestows. Moore is just the 58th honoree in the recognition limited to native Mississippians or journalists who have spent a significant part of their careers in the state.

“Dennis’ career is an expression of the quality of his performance as an undergraduate at Ole Miss,” said Will Norton, dean of the university’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media, in a recent interview with The Daily Mississippian. “He has performed at an exceptional level of excellence.”

Moore’s career has taken him from right here in Oxford, all the way up to the USA Today in D.C., where he ultimately became the breaking news editor. Prior to that role, he served as the managing editor of the Life section, where he was able to interact with multiple celebrities.

From his all-time favorite interview with Octavia Spencer, and talks with Steven Spielberg and Mick Jagger, Moore has remained consistent in his favorite team, the Ole Miss Rebels. While in D.C., Moore routinely checked in on the program and watched games prior to his move back to The Magnolia State.

Since returning back to Mississippi, Moore has gone all in with his support to athletics, joining the Vaught Society and Forward Together campaign, and is soon to be an Ole Miss Football season ticket holder for the first time ever.

“We are inspired not only by Dennis’ accomplishments throughout his career, but also with his generosity to the University and specifically, Ole Miss Athletics,” said Keith Carter, Senior Associate A.D. for Development and Athletics Foundation Executive Director. “Now that he is back in Mississippi, we look forward to sharing many Rebel victories with him as he becomes more involved with the Ole Miss Family.”

To learn more about the Vaught Society and how it supports the Forward Together campaign, contact Keith Carter at or call 662-915-7159.