Hailing from the Pineville community on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Dawkins epitomizes local roots and national experience. His journey commenced at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, where he secured an Honors Diploma in 2001, and a community scholarship propelled him to Catholic University in Washington, D.C. There, Dawkins shone as a columnist for the college newspaper, The Tower, and served in the United States Congress between 2001 and 2002.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, complemented by minors in Media Studies and Theology from Catholic University in 2005, Dawkins honed his public relations acumen at the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, liaising with newspapers statewide until 2006. His commitment to public service took him back to the nation’s capital, where he worked as a staff member for a U.S. Member of Congress while pursuing graduate studies at George Washington University. In 2008, he earned a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs and returned to Mississippi, contributing as a senior health care specialist for the State Department of Health in Gulfport.

Transitioning to education, Dawkins spent seven years molding minds as a teacher and athletic coach in Mississippi and Louisiana. Concurrently, he ventured into journalism, covering high school sports for local newspapers. His journalistic journey led him through various roles, from sports and local government reporting to advertising sales in both Louisiana and Mississippi.

In a bold career move in 2017, Dawkins acquired The Gazebo Gazette, steering it to journalistic excellence and accruing 30 awards, including the National Newspaper Association’s Metro Idea Award in 2020 and accolades from the Mississippi Press Association. At the helm of The Gazebo Gazette, Dawkins continues to blend his rich legacy with a forward-thinking vision, all while being a devoted father to his son.


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