Director of Public Information

Will Sutton

Sutton is responsible for Northeast Delta’s internal and external communications, including the institution’s website, coordinating the marketing and promotion of agency initiatives and programs with staff and partner organizations and media outreach. He serves as an advisor to the authority’s executive director and responds to client, legislative and partner inquiries.

Prior to this role, Sutton worked at Grambling State University for more than six years, serving as the institution’s director of communications and working on the faculty in the Department of Mass Communication. He has taught introductory and advanced journalism and public relations courses at Grambling State and Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. He has an extensive journalism and media career, working as a reporter and editor with Gannett, Knight-Ridder and McClatchy newspapers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Carolina. He is a native of New Orleans, LA.

A certified trainer, Sutton has been an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) for decades, including a two-year role as national president. He is co-founder of UNITY: Journalists of Color, a coalition of black, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American journalists and he is or has been a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC),  Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Online News Association (ONA) and the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW). An Eagle Scout, Sutton graduated from Hampton Institute (now University) and he attended Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow. He has judged numerous journalism competitions, including Best of Cox, Best of Gannett and the Pulitzer Prize.