It was harrowing to hear from co-op lineworkers on the frontlines of extreme weather for this story. Their dedication to restoring power and commitment to co-op members everywhere is an important part of what makes electric cooperatives incredible.
—Chris Burrows, editor
Texas Talk Man, June
The photos are fantastic, and Hinkle sounds like such an interesting character who has seen and done it all. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how close he got with James Dean while filming. Author Jessica Ridge’s descriptions really bring the story to life, and I can picture those two hunting and goofing off together when not on set.
—Grace Fultz, production specialist
An Unlikely Blueprint, July
Michael Hurd’s story celebrates the life and legacy of architect John Saunders Chase, who broke ground in more ways than one.
—Travis Hill, communications specialist
Easing Life’s Baggage, August
This story shines a light on some of the experiences of children in foster care—and offers a meaningful way to lend support. A heartfelt thank-you to our readers, who were moved by this story to donate nearly $50,000 to Day 1 Bags.
—Jessica Ridge, communications specialist
Not About To Fixate, October
I had the pleasure of visiting author Sheryl Smith-Rodgers’ home months before this story graced my desk. Upon entering, I immediately commented on the warm and thoughtful character her home preserved. While the rest of the world chases a hashtag, her home was on her terms. Not to mention it reminded me of the one I grew up in.
—Chris Salazar, digital content producer
Rankin as a Canvas, July
I love that Matt Tumlinson is telling iconic stories of Texas large and in living color.
—Jane Sharpe, senior designer
Second to None, September
I found it astounding that a state so far-reaching and with such a robust farming and ranching culture had only one veterinary school. This story explains how Texas Tech University’s new school will help fill a critical need for vets in rural Texas.
—Tom Widlowski, associate editor