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January 17, 2014

Darling picks new Banner news editor

DUNCAN — Veteran newsman Steve Olafson has been named news editor of The Duncan Banner.

Already on the job, Olafson will oversee news and sports operations of The Banner and will be heavily involved in the production of Duncan…the magazine, FYI, Stephens County and a variety of other news products and special projects.

“We’re delighted Steve has joined us,” Ed Darling, editor and publisher of The Banner, said. “He is an accomplished journalist with excellent writing and editing skills. He will make an immediate impact on The Banner and will quickly become a significant participant in and contributor to the communities we serve.”

Olafson, 60, graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He started his newspaper career as a reporter for the Wichita Falls (Texas) Times and Record in 1976. He later worked for the San Antonio Light, The Houston Post and The Houston Chronicle.

Two of those newspapers – the Light and The Post – no longer exist, but Olafson said he believes community newspapers like The Banner will survive ongoing changes in the print media.

“We’re writing the first page of history for the towns we serve,” he said. “We’re needed and if we do things right, we’ll always be around.”

Most recently, he served as the Oklahoma stringer for Reuters News Service, providing news, features and photos for the worldwide news service.

He is married and grew up in Baytown, Texas, a refinery town 30 miles east of Houston. He and his wife moved to Oklahoma City almost seven years ago to be closer to their nieces, who are native Oklahomans.

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