Proud of their roots

Published 11:55 pm Friday, November 21, 2014

We must confess to a certain level of pride in the journalists that have made their start at the Suffolk News-Herald.

This newspaper has served as a launchpad and mid-career stop for many fine writers, photographers, editors and publishers who have gone on to do admirable work in the publishing industry. Through the years, the award-winning journalists here have often become award-winning journalists at larger newspapers around the nation.

And in one special case, a former publisher of this newspaper, Jim Boone, went on to an extremely successful career, building a publishing company that eventually bought the Suffolk newspaper he had grown to love during his years at its helm.

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Another former publisher of the Suffolk News-Herald, Godfrey Wells Stancill, would be proud of the work his daughter, Nancy Stancill, did in journalism after growing up around the paper and working as a reporter during the summer while in college.

Nancy Stancill went on to be a successful investigative reporter for the Houston Chronicle, as well as papers in California and North Carolina. She visited Suffolk this week to talk to members of two local literary clubs about a new fictional novel she has published, “Saving Texas.”

It’s pleasing to know that folks who got their start in journalism at this newspaper have gone on to do such good work in other communities. We’re proud of Nancy Stancill and all the others who have made the Suffolk News-Herald part of their careers.