Sid Salter diagnosed with lymphoma, taking indefinite leave from column
Published 7:31 am Sunday, May 14, 2017
Sid Salter, a longtime syndicated columnist in Mississippi and the Chief Communications Officer and Director of the Office of Public Affairs at Mississippi State University, has been diagnosed with lymphoma and is undergoing chemotherapy.
Salter plans to take an indefinite leave from writing the column, according to a family member.
Salter’s wife, Leilani, distributed this information to members of the media late Saturday, saying she would post the information to social media later that day.
At Mississippi State, Salter leads a team of marketing and communications professionals in producing print, broadcast, and new media content designed to advance MSU’s reputation as a nationally prominent research university. Salter is also the university’s spokesman and the administrator of both the University Television Center and campus radio station WMSV-FM.
MSU’s 2004 National Alumnus of the Year, Salter has enjoyed a unique career as an award-winning journalist, political columnist, television commentator, talk radio host, author, educator, and university administrator. He was a John C. Stennis Scholar in Political Science as a student at MSU.
The Washington Post has listed him as “one of the nation’s best state political reporters.” He is a member of the Miss. Press Association’s Hall of Fame. His syndicated political columns have been published continuously in Mississippi and a number of national newspapers since 1983.
He formerly served as MSU’s first journalist-in-residence at the MSU Libraries and was the inaugural holder of the Kelly Gene Cook Chair in Journalism at the University of Mississippi, where he served on the Journalism faculty in the 1990s.
Salter and his wife, Leilani, are the parents of four grown children and have five grandchildren. They are members of Starkville’s First United Methodist Church.