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. She is happy to be again working at a small-town newspaper after years in senior management of daily newspapers and newspaper groups. Her son Samuel has just completed his third year at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.




SHELLEY DARWIN, bookkeeper/circulation

Shelley Darwin joined our staff in the summer of 2017. She is responsible for 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.




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 40 chickens.