About Us

HottyToddy.com is a next generation news source designed to connect the global family of those who love Ole Miss and Oxford.

HottyToddy.com LLC is a division of New Media Lab LLC and is not affiliated with the University of Mississippi, and the opinions expressed herein are not the opinions of the University of Mississippi. All profits of New Media Lab go to support the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi.

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HottyToddy.com is a part of New Media Lab LLC — a marketing and digital media think tank company with multiple ventures inspired by entrepreneurship and innovation. New Media Lab, LLC was founded by Dr. Ed Meek to support the Meek School of Journalism and New Media

HottyToddy.com provides support to faculty and additional opportunities for Ole Miss students to become involved in the rapidly changing world of new media through internships.

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WHO WE ARE

Ed MeekEd Meek, Publisher

Dr. Ed Meek is former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Relations and Marketing at the University and CEO of Oxford Publishing, a national publishing and trade show group. He is the founder of the Tupelo Furniture Market, one of the largest exhibition centers in America, Fellow of the American Council on Education and was awarded the Mississippi Governor’s Distinguished Citizen Award. He is the author or co-author of several books and currently serves as publisher of HottyToddy.Com. He and his wife, Becky, are benefactors who established the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi. Email him at edmeek1@gmail.com

Allison Buchanan
Allison Buchanan, CEO of New Media Lab, LLC.

Allison Buchanan, CEO, New Media Lab LLC
Allison Buchanan is a Gulf Coast native and is an award-winning and experienced communications, marketing and business professional. Prior to joining New Media Lab, she was the leader of one of the largest Advertising/PR/Digital firms in Mississippi. She graduated cum laude from Ole Miss with a BA in journalism and minors in art and University Scholars. Allison was in the Ole Miss Hall of Fame, was ODK leader of the Year, Most Outstanding Journalism Student, PRSA Most Outstanding PR Student in Mississippi. She was very involved in the community on the Coast and was a member of the Biloxi School Board for eight years. She can be reached at allison.buchanan@newmedialabllc.com


Rick Kagey

Rick Kagey, Sales Manager
Rick Kagey has an associate’s degree in business administration and management at Northwest Mississippi Community College. He has years’ worth of experience in sales, marketing and advertising. Call him at 662-832-6710 and email him at rick.kagey@hottytoddy.com.

Adam Brown

Adam Brown, Sports Editor
Adam Brown is a native of Oxford, Mississippi. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at Ole Miss. Email him at adam.brown@hottytoddy.com.

Randall Haley

Randall Haley, Executive Editor
Randall Haley is a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi. She received a BA in print journalism with an emphasis in magazine and public relations from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media and a minor in Southern studies. Before becoming managing editor she was social media manager and staff writer for HottyToddy.com. She was also a copy editor for The Daily Mississippian and a copy editor of Meek Magazine. She is also a freelancer for The Delta Business Journal and The Cleveland Current. She won a Certificate of Merit from the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) for her 2015 PR campaign “Read to Succeed.” Email her at randall.haley@hottytoddy.com.

Alex Kitchens, Social Media Editor
Alex Kitchens is an Alabama native. She received a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications with a minor in Business Administration from The University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media in May 2016. Email her at alex.kitchens@hottytoddy.com.


Meggie Carter, Vice President of Sales
Meggie Carter is an Old Lyme, Connecticut native. She received a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications with a minor in Business Administration from The University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media in May 2016. She was a contributor for the Meek Magazine authoring stories focused on honored Meek School Alumni. She studied abroad in Greece in June 2015 and was a member of the team that opened the Salvation Army in the Omonia neighborhood of Athens. Email her at meggie.carter@hottytoddy.com

Steven Gagliano, City Editor 
Steven is a graduate of The University of Mississippi with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Steven is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Steven can be reached at steven.gagliano@hottytoddy.com 

Stella Watson
Stella Watson, Bookkeeper
Stella is a native of Oxford, MS where she attended Oxford High School. She finished at the top of her class from Rebel Cosmetology School in Oxford in 1966. Stella began bookkeeping for multiple companies including Allied Corporations based out of Munich, Germany. Stella also worked for the U.S. Army Central Accounting Division in Germany setting up document control for all the German bases in the 1990s. Upon completion, Stella assumed the role of Administrative Accounting at Central Accounting Division. In 2000, Stella began working accounts receivable for Oxford Publishing in Oxford, MS.