One of my favorite interviews as a community editor and magazine writer was with iconic Houstonian Welcome Wilson Sr. His name is familiar to many residents in Houston, including University of Houston graduates like me. Welcome is an incredible supporter of the university and signed my diploma (bachelor of arts in English) as a regent — although I didn’t realize it until after I had interviewed him!
Welcome Wilson is also well-known as a businessman, philanthropist, and all-around Houston icon. Houston, by the way, is the fourth most populous city in the nation, according to the Houstontx.gov website. That same website has cited my interview with Welcome in a landmark designation report, which I was pleased to discover in a random search online. This popular article was cited in the Archaeological & Historical Commission of the City of Houston Planning and Development Department in 2015, regarding the Landmark Designation Report for a special home — the Judge and Mrs. J.A. Platt House (later owned by Welcome).
I happened to be browsing the city website and voila! — there it was. It’s always gratifying to see my work live on in other publications and be put to good use as a primary source.
Other Community Editor Articles
As far as I should add that my work has also been referenced in Wikipedia articles — a great addition to my portfolio of work. It helps demonstrate that my work is citable and adds to the overall body of information on that platform:
• Mississippi Matilda biography | Hattiesburg, Mississippi Wikipedia page
• Lyle Lovette interview | Klein High School Wikipedia page
• Cheryl Najafi interview | Cheryl Najafi Wikipedia page
• Scotty McCreery interview | Scotty McCreery Wikipedia page
Covering Houston and Beyond
I’m especially proud of my blog post on the incredible minority authors I’ve worked with, including talent from across the nation.
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