With each passing year here at the Express, I marvel at what we do each week. We strive each week to bring you the best we can – news and sports coverage, eye-catching ads and being involved in our community. Our staff is the best and I’d like to acknowledge them all.
At the helm of the Pleasanton Express are our publishers, Judy Wilkerson and her daughter Noel Wilkerson Holmes.
And while we miss Judy’s husband, Wild Bill Wilkerson immensely, she and Noel are carrying on and lend us guidance and support. Noel offers direction to our news coverage which has increased as well as our presence on social media. Noel’s talents and support have added a new dimension to our paper.
Leon Zabava has been associated with the Pleasanton Express since the 50s. Leon is our oil and gas editor and keeps everyone posted on the happenings in the Eagle Ford Shale area. He also covers the Atascosa County Commissioners’ Court meetings. Leon is also an excellent photographer, takes pictures for us and produces many of the photos you see each week in the paper. He also contributes his Grid Iron Picks during footballseason and has written many features on historical places and people.
Maggie Rodriguez, who has been with the Express since 1966, retired as Sports Editor many years ago, but still writes his sports column and contributes stories as well as delivers his regular route each Wednesday morning.
Hope Garza is the first person you see in our front office. She does a multitude of tasks at the paper. She is our newsroom manager, expert proof reader, both for ads and copy, helps with the billing, keeps the office running smoothly, coordinates the stuffing crew on Wednesdays. Hopie completed her 28th year here.
Lisa Luna is our prizewinning lifestyles editor. Her layouts have been a consistent winner in the Better Newspaper Contests. In addition to her duties as living editor, Lisa writes many other stories and features with finesse. She also covers the Pleasanton City Council. Lisa has been with us since 1998. She and her husband Chris have two children, Ava (23) and Sean (14).
Rhonda Chancellor is our business manager. She is responsible for the billing, bookkeeping, human resources and record keeping. She has been at the Express since 1999. She and her husband Will have a son, William who is 15 years old and a daughter, Genevieve who is 7 1/2 years old.
Aaron Davidson joined our staff the summer of 2003. He is one of our talented graphic designers and our lone San Francisco 49ers fan. He also keeps our computers and archives in shape.
Robbie Hamby became a part of our newspaper family in 2004. She joined our editorial department and fit right in! She left our office in the fall but still helps layout the Farm and Ranch and Obituary sections. Every now and then, she writes her prize-winning column “Robbie’s Rambles” depicting her life as a single mom. She has three kiddos, Brandon – his wife Jayti, Erin and Colton.
Stephen Garcia joined last year. He hails from Corpus Christi and has worked at newspapers in Alice and the Houston area. He has brought another level of sports coverage to our paper.
Joining our staff in 2017 are Rebecca Pesqueda and Loni Just. Both have hit the ground running.
Rebecca is one of our reporters and has already written many articles and covered meetings. We are lucky to have her here.
Loni is in our classified department and handles the ads as well as the subscriptions. She, too, has been a great addition to our newspaper family.
Our freelance photographers are the ones who snap photos to assist us with coverage of the county. Whether there are wrecks, events or sports, we usually have someone there! J Garcia is one of our freelance photographers. He always does a great job and catches most of the wreck and fire photos. He learned his talents from his father Jack who still takes photos for us as well.
Joe David Cordova has had the Jourdanton schools covered for years and helps with church and other events, too.
George Garza has assisted us the past four years as well (famous for climbing in various rodeo arenas and backstages).
Last year, Margaret Gallegos joined our freelancers by helping to cover the Charlotte Trojans.
Diana Guthrie, our special correspondent, covers the various school board meetings in Jourdanton, Pleasanton and city council meetings in Jourdanton and Poteet when needed.
In addition to these fine co-workers and contributors, we have part-time employees who take care of our distribution each week. They are Rosie Diaz, Manuel Salazar, Patricia Storey, Cindy Trevino, Dolores Presnell and Roy Richardson.
The way I see it, without our advertisers, readers and contributors, our job would be impossible. We all truly work together to publish the finest paper we can.
I began here in March of 1989 when my youngest, Allison, was an infant and Daryl was a toddler. They are now both grown and married! These past (almost) 29 years have been great and I look forward for years to come. This community is so much a part of my life as is my newspaper family.
Thank you for supporting our newspaper and all the best for a wonderful, safe and Happy New Year!
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.