Jessie 'The Flash' Horton is back at the E-T

E-T Staff Report
Jessica Horton is back at the Empire-Tribune. She will be covering Dublin City Council, SISD, commissioners court and fire and police.

Jessica Horton, who began her newspaper career submitting work in high school at the Quanah Tribune Chief, began working for the Empire-Tribune in 2006 as a news clerk and photographer while she finished her degree in journalism at Tarleton State University. After graduation in 2008, she moved to the Texas Coastal Bend where she worked as an editor for the Odem-Edroy Times, then the managing editor for the five papers of the San Patricio Publishing Company.

While working in San Patricio County, Horton continued to build her reputation as "The Flash" with award winning news photography, as well as learning about high school sports coverage and city-wide news. After taking on the position of managing editor, she covered county-wide news including the San Patricio County Commissioners' Court in addition to her other duties.

Most recently, Horton worked closely with the Texas Rangers, San Patricio County Sheriff's Office and the Portland Police Department covering the aggravated assault and shooting of two teenagers in a Portland City Park.

"We are sad to see Jessie leave the area," said San Patricio County Sheriff Leroy Moody. "She worked hard to ensure the people of San Patricio County were well informed and well represented on a daily basis."

After five years in South Texas building her career, Horton made the move back to Erath County and the Empire-Tribune to contribute to the news and editorial departments once again. She will be working closely with Sara Vanden Berge and Donnie Bryant to cover the many exciting events and goings-on in Erath County. Included in her beat will be Dublin City Council and Dublin ISD, as well as accidents, fires and other local news.

Horton said coming back to Stephenville feels like coming home because while she was not born and raised here, her family is located in Hico and the surrounding area, and going to school and working in Stephenville has given her many friends who "feel like family" as well.

"I look forward to continuing the tradition of award-winning area-wide coverage the E-T has built throughout the years, while bringing my own insights to the paper," she said.