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DON SWARTZ, Publisher

Don Swartz has more than 30 years in the newspaper industry. He began his career in 1981 selling advertising in Tampa, Fla. Over the next 16 years he worked for newspapers in Palatka and St. Augustine, Fla.; Corinth, Meridan and Starksville, Miss; Florence, Ala.; and Sevierville, Tenn.

In 1997, he moved back to Corinth, Miss., as the Publisher. His next move was to Indiana where he was Publisher for the Peru and Wabash newspapers.

In late 2001, Don moved to Florence as a Partner and Publisher of The News Journal, The Darco News & Buyers Guide in Hartsville, and The Marion County News Journal in Marion and Mullins. On July 1, 2006, these properties became the publications of Swartz Media.

His newspaper career includes the following employers: • Sun Publications • Morris Newspapers • New York Times • Hollinger Newspapers • Worrell Newspapers • Paxton Newspapers • Morris Multi Media

Don is married to Cathy Swartz and they have two daughters, Cassie and Lara. They presently live in Florence where they are members of Central United Methodist Church.
Friday, January 20, 2012

Brenda Harrison, Editor

Brenda has been with The News Journal since 1988. She oversees the editorial content of the paper, writing and editing articles, in addition to the layout. Brenda “grew up” in the newspaper business, starting at age 16 with her first job as news librarian at the Florence Morning News. A Florence native, she is a 1969 graduate of McClenaghan High School. She serves on the boards of the Florence Little Theatre and House of Hope of the Pee Dee. She is also a member of the Arts International committee. She is an active member of First Baptist Church. She may be reached at 667-9656 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BETH STREETT, Production Manager

Beth has been a member of The News Journal staff since moving to Florence in 1986. She started as a typesetter and part-time bookkeeper.

Currently, she serves as the production manager, responsible for the overall layout of The News Journal and its sister publications - the Hartsville News Journal and the Marion County News Journal.

Married to Leon, she is the mother of Justin and Jenna.

Beth may be reached at 667-9656 or by email at

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