Kyle Veazey is the deputy director of communications at the City of Memphis, where he focuses on empowering the city to directly communicate with its citizens. Kyle works closely with Mayor Jim Strickland on his own direct communications, including social media, speeches and his weekly emails. He’s also a regular weekly guest on the popular Drake in the Mornings radio show on WXMX-FM 98.1.
Kyle joined the Strickland administration on New Year’s Day of 2016 after a decade-plus career as a journalist. In 2014 and 2015, Kyle Veazey led InforMemphis — the politics and policy coverage team at The Commercial Appeal and commercialappeal.com. He led the early 2015 remodel of the news organization’s coverage into a platform that emphasized urgency, watchdog reporting and engagement with the audience. Kyle was also The CA‘s lead politics reporter and politics columnist, authoring the daily First Word tipsheet-style politics column. His work won a handful of state and regional awards.
Kyle spent the first nine-plus years of his career as a sports reporter in Alabama, Mississippi and Memphis. His work won Associated Press Sports Editors top-10 awards nine times.
In October 2012, Kyle’s book, “Champions for Change: How the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Their Bold Coach Defied Segregation,” was published by The History Press of Charleston, S.C. (Learn more about the book.)
Kyle grew up near Paris, Tennessee. He earned a journalism degree from Ole Miss in 2004. He lives in Midtown Memphis with his wife and their two dogs. He’s a member of Idlewild Presbyterian Church, where he recently served on its capital campaign committee. He serves on both the Evergreen Historic District Association board of directors and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center College of Health Professions Dean’s Leadership Council.
Photo at Martyrs Park, Memphis. Credit: Courtnay Veazey.