Patricia Dillon has always watched the sun rise and set in East Texas.
A life-long resident of this corner of the state, Dillon has settled in Jacksonville, but now has a vested interest in Troup and Whitehouse.
The newest employee of Bluebonnet Publishing, Dillon is the new editor of the Tri County Leader that covers all things Whitehouse and Troup. She replaced Suzanne Loudamy, who recently retired from the newspaper.
An avid reader who enjoys fantasy such as Harry Potter, Dillon was most recently a copy editor and layout/page designer for The Eagle in Bryan. The valedictorian of her high school Class of 2013 from Rivercrest High School in Bogata, Dillon has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Texas A&M University – Commerce.
She also was the chief layout designer at the Daily Tribune in Mount Pleasant, and was the managing editor, webmaster and staff writer at The East Texan student newspaper at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Dillon also interned as a reporter at the Bogata News/Talco Times.
“I want people to feel that the newspaper is on their side,” Dillon said. “Life can get hard with bills, taxes, so it’s nice to know someone’s on their side.”
Dillon said she hopes to promote the community and growth for the area, and she plans on meeting some of the citizens.
“I want to get to know the area,” she said. “I’ve worked for larger newspapers. Now I can focus on the local news.”
While in high school, Dillon was the secretary for the National Honor Society on campus, she was a drum major for the school band and she was the class vice president. While attending college, Dillon was the secretary of Pride Alliance, a student organization which supported the LGBT community and promoted equality on campus.
The daughter of a preacher, Dillon considers herself as somewhat of a nerd (but not a tech-nerd), and she likes to keep fit by running, swimming or doing yoga.