Established in 1911, the Laurel Leader-Call is one of Jones County’s oldest and most recognized businesses. In 2007, Jim Cegielski started The ReView of Jones County, a weekly newspaper that was voted as one of the top newspapers in its category every single year of its existence.
The ReView was such a success, in April of 2012, the corporation that owned the Laurel Leader-Call announced they were shutting down the 100-year old newspaper. Two weeks later, Cegielski purchased the Leader-Call name and subscription list, combined the two operations, and began publishing as the Laurel Leader-Call.
With new locally based ownership and a newspaper staff that is considered one of the very best in Mississippi, the Laurel Leader-Call, is not only the biggest and best newspaper in the area, but continues to experience tremendous growth through both their traditional print business as well as their new multi-media website.
In February of 2013, the Leader-Call gained global attention when it published a front page story with the headline “Historic Wedding” regarding the first known gay marriage ceremony in the state. After initially being barraged with hate calls and canceled subscriptions from local readers, the paper was heralded around the globe for standing up for human rights and journalist integrity as well as defining the role of a community newspaper.
The Laurel Leader-Call offices are located in historic downtown Laurel at 318 N. Magnolia St.. The Leader-Call print edition is published on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and has a readership of over 23,000.