For almost 20 years, until 1990, Wayne Weidie wrote “The Political Scene,” which was distributed to 16 daily and 27 weekly newspapers in Mississippi. He now returns to political commentary with the Weidie Report.
Weidie was born in New Orleans. He graduated from Pascagoula High School and Mississippi State University. He also attended graduate school at LSU, was a Fellow at the Millsaps Institute of Politics and was twice a Fellow of the American Press Institute in Reston, VA. After working in his father’s business, for 20 years he served as editor and publisher of the Gautier Independent and Ocean Springs Record, which most of that time were Gannett Company newspapers.
From 1972 to 1990 he wrote “The Political Scene” column. During his newspaper career he served as treasurer, vice president and president of the Mississippi Press Association. He also served on the journalism advisory committee and the telecommunications advisory committees at the University of Mississippi. Weidie has lectured at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics. For three years he appeared each week on highly rated “Newswatch This Week” for ABC affiliate WLOX-TV in Biloxi.
In 1990 Weidie moved to Washington, D.C. where he served for 14 years as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor. In 2004 he joined the Washington office of the law firm of Adams & Reese LLP as a senior governmental affairs advisor. After five and one-half years in the firm’s D.C. office, he returned to Mississippi in the Jackson office of Adams & Reese until his recent retirement. During six of those years he was the practice team leader firmwide for the governmental relations team.
Weidie’s journalism and political papers are part of the Journalism and Political Research Collections at the Mississippi State University Library. He also serves on the advisory board of the Stennis Institute of Government at MSU and was a participant in the Bill Collins lecture series at the university.
Weidie is married to Kim Wolford and has three children, Stuart, Courtney Lea, and Kyle.