I am more than pleased to be back at the paper I love. It has been quite a journey for me these past few days, but I must say I am happy to be your hometown newspaper editor. I just wanted to briefly introduce myself for anyone who doesn’t know who I am. My name is Brian Durham and I am the new editor of the News Democrat.
I came Ohio by way of Montana and before that Indiana. I am a Hoosier through and through but in my two years in Brown County I have firmly planted Buckeye roots and really have enjoyed my time working in this beautiful county. Although I must admit, I am still not a fan of those Ohio State Buckeyes.
One thing I will always admit though, I am not perfect. I have made many mistakes in my life, but have always been the type of person to except responsibility for my actions. This is my second stint here at the News Democrat and I am more than happy to be back. I consider this place my home more than anything.
Now when it comes to news, I like to think I have no bias but, I am sure all people have some sort underlying biases, but I will never let any personal opinion I may have get in the way of the truth. To me, truth is the most important thing – sometimes we don’t always like the truth and sometimes that truth hurts, but it is through truth that people grow. I expect our readers to hold me accountable when it comes to the truth. That is the thing about news. Truth happens whether we like it or not. I expect to be held to a higher standard than anyone when it comes to truth.
While there are many people in this county I have met, I look forward to meeting more and more of you. I want to bring you the best news coverage I can and strive to keep an informed, educated public through the news. I do have an open invite to anyone here.
My door is always open if you have concerns on things happening in the county or if something just doesn’t seem right. I strongly encourage letters to the editor – whatever you opinion my be, there is no wrong one. It is the centerpiece of our democracy. A free an open press was so important, James Monroe included it as part of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. I look forward to hearing from you, the citizens, and it is together we will make Brown County and better place to live.