Webb joins South Jetty

David Webb

David Webb

Veteran reporter David Webb is coming out of retirement to lend his talents to the South Jetty.

He started work on Tuesday, May 31.

Webb, a Texas native, has spent most of his career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has covered cities, counties, schools and water districts as well as politics, crime, human rights, the airline industry and environmental issues.

He has reported for such publications as the Dallas Observer, Dallas Voice, D Magazine, South Florida Gay News, Seattle Gay News, The Mabank Monitor, Cedar- CreekLake.com, the Huffington Post, Dallas Times Herald, the Valley Morning Star and Dallas-Fort Worth Suburban News.

Webb also was a staff writer and researcher for the Southern Poverty Law Center out of Montgomery, Alabama, where he wrote about hate crimes and hate groups for publications that were distributed to law enforcement agencies, educators and human rights groups.

Coincidentally, he graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin at the same time as South Jetty news editor Dan Parker did in December 1983. Although the two didn’t know each other, they both were in the magazine sequence.

He graduated from high school in Wichita Falls and took a “longer-than anticipated break from studying in the early 1970s,” he said.

“That sabbatical took me to Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City where I worked a lot of odd jobs, everything from bartending to bookkeeping,” he said.

“Except for a stint at the Southern Poverty Law Center in the early 1990s, I’ve written for publications in Texas throughout my career, and I’ve also freelanced for publications nationwide,” Webb said.

He was the recipient of the Excellence in Journalism: North Texas Legends Award from the Press Club of Dallas in 2016. One of his favorite experiences was working in Harlingen while living on South Padre Island in the mid- 1980s. He often visited Corpus Christi, Mustang and Padre islands during that time. “In fact, I freelanced travel stories for an Austin magazine and the Dallas Morning News about the area. I’ve always thought Corpus Christi and its surrounding communities make up one of the prettiest areas in Texas,” Webb said.

He said he enjoys being around the water in coastal towns and loves “the casual, laid-back atmosphere and the saltwater breeze.”

When he’s not working, Webb said he loves to travel. He’s been fortunate enough to travel much of the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia.

His other hobbies include art and antiques. He spends most weekends at garage sales, thrift stores, antique malls and other venues searching for inexpensive collectibles.

“I’m also a bit of a foodie, and I enjoy trying out new recipes that I come across. I’m excited to be able to enjoy fresh seafood all of the time,” he said. Webb lives with Lucky, his 8-year-old Jack Russell terrier/ dachshund mix that he rescued as a puppy.

“Getting to move to the area and work at the Port Aransas South Jetty at this stage of my life and career is kind of dream come true. I am looking forward to getting to know the places and people here and making new friends,” he said.

“We’re excited to have a reporter with the kind of experience David brings,” said Mary Henkel Judson, editor and co-publisher of the South Jetty.

“We anticipate good things to come for Port Aransas as a result of Dan and David working together to provide even better coverage of the community,” she added.

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