Stringer new publisher of The Lawton Constitution
David R. Stringer has been named publisher of The Lawton Constitution.
The announcement was made Wednesday by Dolph Tillotson, president of Southern Newspapers, Inc., The Lawton Constitution’s parent company.
“We conducted a national search for a new publisher in Lawton, and we’re very pleased to have found David Stringer,” Tillotson said. “He’s an Oklahoman, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a lifelong newspaperman. Most of all, he’s really excited about being in the community and the opportunities that presents for him and his family.
“All of us at Southern believe we have found just the right leader for the newspaper in Lawton, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish.”
Stringer has long ties to Oklahoma through his years of newspaper work for two publications, including a tenure as president/division manager of the Norman Transcript. He and his wife Saundra also have links to the military: both of their fathers served in the military, and a son — one of their five children — is a warrant officer in the U.S. Army.
Stringer had been a computer media instructor at ASTEC Charter Schools in Oklahoma City before becoming publisher of The Lawton Constitution.
Stringer said he and his wife wanted to move back to Oklahoma, and both were excited about the opportunity to live in Lawton. He said his wife was born in Lawton while her father was stationed at Fort Sill.
Stringer, who was born in California, said he moved around the country while his father served in the U.S. Navy, but the family moved to Oklahoma during his sophomore year of high school. He earned his college degrees from the University of Oklahoma: a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1982 and a master of arts in journalism in 1989.
While Stringer loved his tenure as a teacher at ASTEC because he was working with children, he said he missed journalism and was excited by the opportunity to return to his roots.
“We make a difference every day,” he said, of the impact journalists have on their communities.
He said he loves the newspaper profession because of its energy “and the good we can do for our community.” While Stringer admits community newspapers are facing challenges, he said he continues to believe community-based journalism is vitally important. And, he said community journalists should not be compared to main stream media.
“We cover our communities,” he said, explaining the goal is to make their communities better.
Stringer said that is why he was attracted to Southern Newspapers, Inc. and The Lawton Constitution in particular, noting the paper has a good reputation.
“It’s a good paper, and has been for a long time,” he said.
The Lawton Constitution will be Stringer’s third Oklahoma publication, following his tenure at Pauls Valley from 1981-1988, and Norman from 1997 to 2010. He also has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Missouri, California, New Mexico and Texas. He served president of the Oklahoma Press Association in 2006.