Meet our staff


KAREN FIORETTI, editor/publisher

Karen Fioretti was named publisher/editor of The Star-Herald in April 2017. She has more than 30 years of newspaper experience in roles ranging from reporting, photography and editing to production and technology. Karen is thrilled to be back working at a small town newspaper after years in senior management posts at dailies and newspaper groups. She has been married to husband Martin for nearly 25 years and the two have a son, Sam, who is now beginning his third year at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.




SHELLEY DARWIN, bookkeeper

Shelley Darwin joined our staff in the summer of 2017. She is responsible for the bookkeeping and circulation duties. Shelley lives in the Hesterville community, is a member of First Baptist Church in Kosciusko, and is a certified Sign Language Interpreter. In her spare time she enjoys tending her cote of doves and other feathered friends.




NANCY GREEN, lifestyles editor

Since 1955, Nancy has been a member of The Star-Herald staff in positions ranging from first duties as a teletypesetter to her current job as Lifestyles Editor. She has seen a complete revolution in newspapers with the advancement of technology. She has experienced progress in providing a service of keeping the community abreast of its happenings. She is a native of Attala County, a graduate of French Camp Academy and Clark Memorial College. She was married to Charles Green for 42 years prior to his death in 2002.




DAVID CASTEEL, advertising sales representative

David Casteel joined the staff of The Star-Herald in October 2016 as an advertising representative. Casteel has been a mainstay in the community, with over 40 years of sales experience. Most recently, he spent 25 years at Central Office Supply in Kosciusko. David is an active member of First United Methodist Church in Kosciusko. David and his wife Beverly have resided in Kosciusko for 25 years. Their son Russell and daughter-in-law Callie live in Tennessee. 



JENNIFER McCASKILL, graphic designer

Jennifer McCaskill joined the staff of The Star-Herald in October 2013 as a graphic designer. She is an Attala County native. McCaskill was homeschooled from preschool through 12th grade. She is a Holmes Community College graduate (AA Degree). McCaskill also has a bachelors degree in graphic design from Mississippi State University. She and her husband, Daniel (D.J.), live in the Hesterville community on a small farm they share with four dogs, three cats, a miniature horse, three goats, seven rabbits and approximately fourty chickens.