Lissa Walls, CEO, has been in the newspaper business since 1980. She began her career as a reporter for the Rosenberg (Texas) Herald Coaster owned by Hartman Newspapers, Inc. and became COO of SNI in 1985. She was elected CEO in March 2014. She serves on the boards of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, Mutual Insurance Company, PAGE and Trinity University. She was born in Guntersville, Alabama and moved to the Houston, Texas, area with her family in 1973. She is a 1980 graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Walls lives in Houston, Texas.
Dolph Tillotson, president, has been in the newspaper business since 1969. He began his career in news, and he has served as general manager, publisher and president for two community newspaper companies – Southern and Boone Newspapers, Inc.
He is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a 1972 graduate of the University of Alabama.
Tillotson lives in Galveston, Texas, with his wife, Teri. He came to work for Southern in 1987 as publisher of The Galveston County Daily News. He was named president of SNI in March 2014.
Ruby Barrow, director of accounting/treasurer and secretary, has been in the newspaper business since 1992.
Barrow began her career as a data entry clerk for Southern Newspapers, Inc. and has served as data entry supervisor, payroll manager, general ledger supervisor and accounting manager.
She was elected secretary in March 2014. She serves on the boards of the Southern Newspapers Inc. Medical and 401(k) Plans. She was born in El Campo, Texas, and moved to the Houston area with her family in 1969.
Barrow lives in Houston with her husband, Bart Barrow, and their three children.
“For nearly three decades, Mel Parker has been a constant at The Paris News – a constant revenue producer, a constant community volunteer and a constant face of the newspaper throughout the Red River Valley.
“Mel, an advertising representative, originally came to The Paris News in 1984 and immediately became an integral part of the sales staff. He remained as a top producer before leaving in 1993. His absence, though, was short.
“I mean, everybody in the print media says that digital is the future. I think that if those mooks are saying, ‘Digital is the future,’ that would be a fairly strong indication that digital is probably not the future.” – Michael Wolf, author of Television is the New Television, in the New York Times Magazine.
Stuart Villenueva - The Daily News
In this photo, shot on August 22, Mason Shaw, 7, tosses his cast net in a low-lying area of Galveston Bay off Interstate 45 north of Galveston. The photo ran with an enterprise story titled “Rising seas and shrinking lands: Is Galveston prepared to combat sea level rise?”
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