One hundred and seventy-five years feels almost like an abstract number.
As I sit here, publisher of the oldest newspaper in Texas, I am sincerely humbled.
One realization you gain in leading a newspaper is that you are simply a steward of the time you occupy the role. Time and people march onward. Your time, however, is limited. In this case, regardless of the calendar, I will be but a blip on the history of The Daily News.
I’ve followed some big shoes, most recently Dolph Tillotson. The man still knows more in his pinkie finger than I will ever hope to learn. And if you ask him, he too will tip his hat to the talented leaders who came before him. We are passing a baton of sorts — one with responsibilities none of us ever dreamed of holding for a community. This is humbling, to say the least.
The Daily News is a storied newspaper around the state of Texas. Under the leadership of a long string of innovative leaders, the newspaper has continuously cut a powerful pathway for others to follow.
From having its own private rail car to deliver newspapers around the state to putting up the first telephone in Texas, The Daily News has always been an innovator. Even when it came to the digital age, The Daily News was on the internet before most people could even spell the word.
Today we continue to reinvent ourselves — most recently successfully moving into the magazine business with Coast Monthly. And the good news is we have other new items in the pipeline. Some will succeed, others may not. But we will never stop working to provide valuable services to the community.
This magazine is about a collective living history — one we plan on telling with the passing of each significant milestone.