Our Staff

DAVID GUSTAFSON, editor/publisher
david@HubCitySPOKES.com

As editor and publisher, David is responsible for the entire operation of the newspaper. He is responsible for meeting the payroll and making sure the newspapers are profitable while giving readers and advertisers a good value for their money. He also writes an occasional column and pitches in wherever necessary. He began his newspaper career as a cub reporter for a daily newspaper in his hometown and has gone on to win top writing awards in four different states. A native-born Okie, he has led newspaper operations in Oklahoma, Maine and Iowa before moving to the deep south in 2009 with his wife, Hope, and their four sons.


BETH BUNCH, managing editor
beth@HubCitySPOKES.com

Beth serves as managing editor of The Lamar Times, The Petal News, The Hattiesburg Post and Signature Magazine. In this position, she is responsible for the editorial content of all four publications. A native of Amory, MS, she has worked in the newspaper business since she was in the third grade. She started out at The Amory Advertiser sweeping floors, filling the drink box and running errands. A graduate of Mississippi University for Women, she has worked as a copy editor, lifestyles editor, general manager and publisher and has been an editor here since August 2003. The UNC Tarheel fan loves clothes, shoes, shopping, and digging in the dirt.


NIKKI SMITH, news editor
nikki@HubCitySPOKES.com

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Nikki is an award-winning writer and serves as news editor of our weekly newspapers. In addition to assisting with planning and layout of the newspapers, Nikki's beat includes the Petal community. In her spare time, you can find her running on the Longleaf Trace, perusing the shelves in a local bookstore or checking out a local band in town. She and her fiance, David, are set to be married in the not-to-distant future.


CAMAL PETRO, sports editor
camal@PineBeltSPORTS.com

Camal was born and raised on the Mississippi coast and attended Biloxi High School and then Ole Miss to pursue a career in sports journalism. During his off time, Camal likes to play golf, travel to different places and just hang out with friends. He also enjoys food, so if you have any good recommendations in Hattiesburg or anywhere else, be sure to let him know.


BUSTER WOLFE, senior staff writer
buster@HubCitySPOKES.com

Originally from Greenville, Buster has been writing about folks throughout the South for nearly four decades after receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ole Miss. He recently joined the HubCitySPOKES staff after spending the last several years working for the nearby Columbian-Progress. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Oak Grove and have two children, Steven and Alex. In his free time, he enjoys fishing - especially fly fishing - hunting, and fly tying. He is a member and current president of the Columbia Lion's Club.


JIM GRENN, staff writer
jim@HubCitySPOKES.com

Jim, a Hattiesburg native, graduated from Presbyterian Christian High School in 2013. During his freshman year of college at Southern Miss, he began delivering newsapers and magazines for the HubCitySPOKES operation. Now entering his senior year of college, Jim still continues to deliver our printed products, but also writes for all three of our newspaper as time allows. In his free time, Jim enjoys fishing, recording music, drinking fancy loose-leaf teas, talking to his six-year-old goldfish, and writing stories that aren't newsapper articles. He is also still the paperboy.


MATT BUSH, photojournalist
matt@HubCitySPOKES.com

Matt is an award-winning photojournalist who has twice won the prestigious Mississippi Press Association's "Photo of the Year." A Jones County native, Matt and his wife, Anna, live in Hattiesburg.


EMILY HALL, art director
emily@HubCitySPOKES.com

Emily has worked in advertising and graphic design since she graduated from USM in 2004. She serves as production manager of our graphic design department and leads the charge as Fashion Director for Signature Magazine. She lives in Oak Grove with her husband, Matt, their son, Alex, and their chocolate lab, Bella. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, reading, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.


CARLY HAZLIP, social media strategist
carly@HubCitySPOKES.com

A Natchez native, Carly joined the HubCitySPOKES team right after she graduated from Southern Miss in 2014 with a degree in Advertising. In addition to her work with the art department, she also leads our social media efforts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram. In her spare time, Carly enjoys being outdoors, listening to live music, and photography.


KRISTEN BROCK, advertising manager
kristen@HubCitySPOKES.com

Kristen has been selling things professionally for nearly thirteen years. Growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, she has called the Pine Belt home since 2001 and has spent much of that time in the tourism and event sales industries before moving to her current role with Hub City Spokes. She enjoys providing excellent service and ensuring a friendly and memorable experience to each customer. When the work is done for the day, Kristen enjoys (usually) being the only female in a clan of males, including her husband Paul and three sons Andrew, Noah and Colin.


MISSY AKINS, senior account executive
missy@HubCitySPOKES.com

Missy is a veteran newspaper sales executive and has been a member of the HubCitySPOKES sales team for more than a decade. She's the proud mother of three sons.


SHANNON FIELDER, advertising sales
shannon@HubCitySPOKES.com

Shannon has sold newspaper advertising for nearly two decades in the Hattiesburg area. She is a graduate of Oak Grove High School and Pearl River Community College and she and her husband, Anthony, have two sons, Brennan and Zachary. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and, of course, shopping.


SHANA GORDY, advertising sales
shana@HubCitySPOKES.com

Shana is our newest member of the Hub City SPOKES family. She is a life long resident of the Pine Belt and has sold professionally for 14 years. Shana enjoys spending time with her three sons, Brandon, Matthew, and Connor and enjoys watching high school and college football. When she is not cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide, she enjoys cooking for her friends and family.  


AUTUMN PERRY, office manager
autumn@HubCitySPOKES.com

Raised in the Mississippi Delta, Autumn moved to Hattiesburg to attend Southern Miss and decided to stick around. She and her husband Jason enjoy all life in the ‘burg has to offer. In her spare time she cooks, knits, then cooks some more.


SONYA JAMES, bookkeper
sonya@HubCitySPOKES.com

With a kind heart and a great smile, Sonya has been a part of the HubCitySPOKES operation for more than two decades. A proud mother and grandmother, Sonya enjoys attending gospel music concerts and spending time with her friends and family.