Jonathan Cannon, a member of the Herald Democrat staff since 2009, has been named editor of the newspaper, replacing Don Eldredge, who has retired.
“We feel fortunate to have someone with Jonathan’s experience in both print and electronic journalism,” said Herald Democrat publisher John Wright. “We’re fully into the electronic era in publishing and I believe Jonathan is well equipped to lead our newsroom in the direction that will best serve our readers.”
Eldredge worked for both The Denison Herald and the Sherman Democrat before the two newspapers merged in 1996. He served as editor in Sherman for the past 24-plus years and was an employ of the company for 35 years.
Cannon’s first experience at the Herald Democrat was as an intern in 2008. He also worked for the Whitesboro News Record, the Ashley News Observer in Crossett, Ark., and the Christian Chronicle, from its office in Edmond, Okla. Following his internship in Sherman-Denison, he worked in Washington, D.C., for the Almanac of American Politics, a bi-annual publication dealing with congressional and state elected officials.
“I’m excited about what the future holds for local reporting and the Herald Democrat,” Cannon said. “I think we have a great team here that will continue to provide readers local content they can’t get anywhere else in both digital and print mediums.”
He was born in Sherman and raised in Whitesboro. Cannon holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, where he also minored in political science. He and his wife, Kimberly, reside in Sherman.