by Trent Rosser
What does Texas Monthly, the Austin-American Statesman, the Fort Worth Star Telegram and People magazine all have in common with The Amarillo Pioneer? At some point in time, they have celebrated a 1 year anniversary. One year ago today the Amarillo Pioneer started publication. Two men who dreamed of a news outlet that was unbiased started the pioneer. They wanted to make sure that there would still be news that would tell the truth of a story and not to twist words to make it seem one sided.
When I was asked if I would like to be a part of the paper as their columnist in October of last year, I was a little skeptical at first. I watched for a while to see if they would be unbiased and I was surprisingly shocked to learn that they did not stretch the truth or to point the reader in a certain direction. Even this past election I was surprised that the Amarillo Pioneer did not endorse anyone in the political arena. That was surprised me because both the editor and the publisher had their hats in the ring for a political position within the city council and Amarillo College Board of Regents.
When you look back to the very first edition last year, no one knew of the Amarillo Pioneer. Now, with thousands of subscribers, many have heard of the Amarillo Pioneer. That’s not including the people that read it on Facebook or other social media sites. After a year, the Amarillo Pioneer is just about ready to start its own classified section. This summer there will be more stories and new articles from new people. I look forward to watching the Pioneer grow and become the great newspaper that it is destined to become. I want to congratulate both the publisher and editor on a job well done. I am proud to be a part of this up and coming staple in the community.