Laura Elder has been named managing editor of The Galveston County Daily News.

In her new role, Elder will directly supervise the newspaper’s reporters and assist the editor in planning and managing special news projects such as investigative and enterprise articles. She will continue editing Coast Monthly magazine, the newspaper’s business pages, its League City and Clear Lake Connection publications and continue to report and write Biz Buzz.

“I am proud to announce Elder will become managing editor for The Daily News,” Publisher Leonard Woolsey said. “Her skills, talents and instincts will bring a tremendous energy to the position.

“Laura’s leadership skills will allow her to work more closely with our growing editorial team as well as shape our future plans.”

Elder joined The Daily News as a business reporter in 2000 after working six years at the Houston Business Journal. She has won numerous awards for reporting and writing, especially for business and investigative reporting, and in 2014 was named Star Reporter of the Year by the Headliners Foundation of Texas and the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. The Associated Press and the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas that same year honored Elder for outstanding efforts to protect citizens’ rights to public information.

“I have always been proud to be part of a newspaper team and a company that has a long tradition of excellence in local journalism,” Elder said. “As managing editor, I plan to support and enhance the tradition of producing hard-hitting stories and relevant features that are important to the communities we serve.”

Elder, a seventh-generation Texan, was born in Corpus Christi, but grew up in Houston and graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English.

She resides in Galveston with her husband, Daily News Editor Michael A. Smith.

Elder replaces Scott. E. Williams, who died of a heart attack Aug. 17.

(10) comments

Lawrence Kagan

Congratulations, I have ALWAYS enjoyed reading your articles!![smile]

Mary Branum

Congratulations Laura. Well deserved. You are a valuable asset to GCDN and Galveston.

Walter Manuel

"She will continue editing Coast Monthly magazine, the newspaper’s business pages, its League City and Clear Lake Connection publications and continue to report and write Biz Buzz".

Oh my goodness..... talk about keeping busy already and now managing editor???

Congratulations Laura, your a powerhouse for sure and your dedication to journalism certainly shines through in all that you do![thumbup]

Jim Guidry

WOW!! We are so excited for you! Well-deserved!

Jim & Janet Guidry

George Croix


Daisy Harris

We are lucky to have you Laura, congrats!!

Mike Trube

Wow! Yes, a well deserved congratulations is in order! Good luck in the future.


Jarvis Buckley

Laura looking forward to a more honest local political attitude
towards our city. When it's right
Say it is right. When it's wrong say it is wrong. No matter if they have a street named after them.

Willis Briggs

Best news from GDN for many moons. [smile]

Jack Cross

You do a very good job, but oh my gosh, it looks like your plate is too full. I have confidence in you, but at the same time they may be trying too much to save money.
It looks like Laura has more than twice the load that Heber Taylor had.
Congrats and I wish you the best.

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