For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted the chance to work at The Galveston County Daily News.

Growing up in a family of newspaper men, I developed a love for the printed word at a very young age. But there’s nothing like getting the chance to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather, Les Daughtry Sr., publisher emeritus of The Daily News, and work in the same building he did.

There’s absolutely nothing like the newspaper business. You never know what the next day will hold and you get the opportunity to meet and share the stories of people you may have never crossed paths with unless you were a reporter.

Although I’m young into my career as a journalist, I’ve learned more in the past six years than I ever could have imagined — things that have shaped and molded me into the person I am today. I’ve experienced more in the last few years than I ever thought possible, and for that, I’m eternally grateful.

I’m grateful because it has prepared me to take on new challenges and opportunities such as the one I began Aug. 15, when I assumed my new role as a communications specialist with Clear Creek ISD.

I’ve been lucky enough in my almost two years with The Daily News to cover Clear Creek ISD as a reporter and most recently as the editor of the Clear Lake Connection and League City/Kemah Connection.

I’m excited to bring the skills I have learned as a reporter to one of the best school districts in Texas.

The past few weeks have been bittersweet as I have prepared the transition into my new role. But one thing I know for certain, the person taking over the Connection products is the absolute best possible candidate. Many of you may recognize her name, Laura Elder. She’s the business editor at The Daily News and editor of its award-winning glossy magazine Coast Monthly.

I’ve been lucky enough to have Laura as my direct supervisor for the past year, and I look forward to seeing where she continues to take these incredible products.

Thank you all for letting me serve you in my capacity as Connection editor. I have completely fallen in love with the Clear Lake and League City area communities, and I feel so lucky that I get to continue to be a part of them as a resident and in my new job.

Shannon Daughtry

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Real Names: Your real name is required to leave comments.
Keep it Clean: Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten: Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful: Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice: No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive: Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.