Texarkana Gazette

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Texarkana Gazette front page from December 30, 2006, reporting the Execution of Saddam Hussein
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) WEHCO Media, Inc.
Publisher Kirk Blair [1]
Editor Les Minor
Founded 1875
Language English
Headquarters 315 Pine St, Texarkana, Texas
Circulation 24,352 daily
25,741 Sunday[2]
Official website TexarkanaGazette.com
Texarkana Gazette building in Texarkana, Texas

The Texarkana Gazette is a daily newspaper founded in 1875 and currently owned by WEHCO Media, Inc. It serves Texarkana and surrounding areas.

It was acquired through the consolidation of several newspapers in 1933 through the efforts of the Iowa-born businessman Clyde E. Palmer. Palmer established a newspaper and radio station chain that reached into Hot Springs, Camden, Magnolia, and Stuttgart. In 1952, Palmer acquired the television station KCMC which became KTAL-TV in 1961. It serves both Texarkana and Shreveport. Through a reorganization in 1968, The Camden News in Camden, Arkansas, technically became the parent company for the Palmer newspapers, including the Texarkana Gazette.

Palmer's Texarkana Gazette still circulates in Bowie, Red River, Morris, Marion, Titus, and Cass counties in Texas and Miller, Little River, Hempstead, Nevada, Howard, Sevier, Pike and Columbia counties in Arkansas. Newspapers are also delivered into McCurtain County in the southeastern corner of Oklahoma and into northern Caddo Parish in Louisiana.

The Texarkana Gazette has more than 130 employees and some 120 independent carriers that deliver newspapers in a 60-mile radius. The average circulation is about 25,000 daily. The previous afternoon daily, the Texarkana Daily News, ceased publication in 1978. Rodger Dean Duncan, who later worked for two White House administrations and is now a prominent business consultant, was managing editor of the two Texarkana newspapers in the late 1960s.

Palmer determined that the key to newspaper success was (1) the readers, (2) the advertisers, (3) the employees, (4) the creditors, and (5) the stockholders, in that order.

The paper earned the coveted 2010 General Excellence award from the Arkansas Press Association competing against eight other large dailies including the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette which placed second.[3]

Staff[edit]

Editorial (as of February 2014)[edit]

  • Editor: Les Minor
  • Managing Editor:
  • Editorial Page Editor: Russell McDermott
  • City Editor: Christy Busby
  • Assistant City Editor:

Writers[edit]

  • Active Age: Lori Dunn
  • Arts and Entertainment: Aaron Brand
  • Police:
  • City Government: Becky Bell
  • Courts: Lynn LaRowe Best
  • Education:
  • General Assignment: Greg Bischof
  • General Assignment: Paige Alexander
  • Health: Ashley Gardner
  • Religion & Community: Rhonda Morrow
  • Southwest Arkansas: Jim Williamson

Sports[edit]

  • Louie Avery, Sports Editor
  • Josh Richert, Asst. Sports Editor
  • Phil Sandoval
  • Ben McDonald

Photography[edit]

  • Chief Photographer: Evan Lewis
  • Photographer: Curt Youngblood
  • Photograher: Jerry Habraken

Discrimination Controversy[edit]

In September 2013, the paper and editor Les Minor generated controversy when the paper refused to publish the wedding announcement of a gay couple. "The Texarkana Gazette publishes wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements related to marriages or impending marriages that are recognized by states in which it circulates," said Minor.[4]

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