We’re Losing a Couple of Winners

Chris McGathey and Chuck Cox have been a team supreme for years.

Chris McGathey and Chuck Cox have been a team supreme for years.

Chuck Cox and Chris McGathey have held the titles of sports editor and photography director, respectively, at People Newspapers since 2008, the same year I became the managing editor. Here are the awards they’ve won since then:

Chuck Cox
First place, sports section, Local Media Association, 2013
Second place, feature writing, Texas Press Association, 2013
First place, sports coverage, TPA, 2012
First place, feature writing, TPA, 2010
First place, sports writing, Suburban Newspapers of America, 2010

Chris McGathey
First place, sports photography, TPA, 2011
Third place, photojournalism, LMA, 2013
Third place, feature photography, TPA, 2013
Second place, sports photography, TPA, 2012
First place, sports photography, TPA, 2011
First place, feature photography, TPA, 2011
First place, feature photography, TPA, 2009

And let’s not forget that Park Cities People won the General Excellence award from TPA in 2013, 2011, and 2009, plus finished second and third in that category in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Chuck and Chris undeniably contributed to the general excellence of those newspapers.

Why do I bring all this up? Because, although you may continue to see their bylines in our pages, these two gentlemen are leaving our staff this week.

I know their work has impacted dozens — if not hundreds — of Park Cities people over the years, so I wanted to give those people an opportunity to say so in the comments below this post. If you’d rather say so in person, many of their colleagues and I will be toasting them at 5:30 on Monday at The Rustic in Uptown.

By Dan Koller Nov. 14, 2013 | 1:33 pm | 9 Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPMom

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Chuck and Chris are both such talented, nice people. I sincerely hope they both can stay in the community and cover the sports and lifestyle of the Park Cities. Good luck, gentlemen.

  • Paul Dunklee

    I have known Chuck Cox for over 20 years. He is a reliable, amiable, trustworthy guy. His energy level and enthusiasm for work and life are rare in the workplace and life in general. If you are reading this and have a staff writer position open for any kind of publication in the Dallas area, Chuck is your guy.

  • Terry Britt

    I first met Chuck about 15 years ago when we were both working in East Texas, and later got to work with him in the sports department at the Denton Record-Chronicle. I haven’t known anyone who works harder or is a more genuine and likable person in journalism than him since that time. I concur with the comment above, Chuck is too good of a journalist to not wind up with an opportunity as good or even better, and soon.

  • Katy Seitzler

    So sorry to hear this! They’ve both done such great work and deserve the very best!

  • Caitlin Adams

    Two great guys to work with and know. A big loss to People, but I am excited to see what the future holds for these two. Great things to come!

  • http://karleykiker.blogspot.com Karley Kiker

    Chris, you are an excellent photographer. You have captured some incredible moments on film…the feature on the Dallas Safari Club comes to mind, as do so many of the photos in the sports section and Plaid Report! Speaking of which…

    Chuck, you are the ultimate authority on all things sports for Highland Park and University Park! Your numerous awards are a testament to your skill and dedication.

    It was such a pleasure to work with both of you. All the best in your future endeavors :)

  • Pat Harris

    Chuck, Thank you for all of the reports on HP Swimming and Diving. Best wishes.

  • Chuck Cox

    Thanks for all of the kinds words. They are very much appreciated. I had a tremendous time covering Highland Park sports over the last five-plus school years. I’ll definitely miss seeing the Scots compete.

  • Avid Reader

    You will both be missed greatly. Are either of you going somewhere else that I can bother you in the comments section?

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