WAXAHACHIE — Marcus Marion resigned from his position as the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror sports editor earlier this week. Marion will continue in his role on the team through Wednesday, Sept. 13.
After joining the Daily Light and Mirror in June 2015, Marion quickly garnered statewide recognition for his sports reporting, finishing in first place in the “sports coverage” and “sports writing” categories of the 2016 North and East Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.
Daily Light Publisher Scott Brooks recalled watching Marcus try to throw on a tie in the parking lot of the office before interviewing and said the resignation brings mixed emotions.
"Everyone should know how grateful I am for all that Marcus has done. Not having any print experience made the learning curve more dramatic, but Marcus did it," Brooks said. "With the talent to tell a story and a passion for sports, Marcus has served us well. Now, it's time for his next gig and I have no doubt it will be a good one."
He added, "On a personal note, as Marcus knows, I feel an attachment — an attachment I will miss, but hope will remain. As a military man, a dad and a sports writer, Marcus will be a success for many years to come and I'm thankful for the chance to watch it all unfold."
The Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror are actively recruiting Marion’s replacement.
In the interim, managing editor Travis Smith and a team of correspondents will work to continue providing readers with high-quality sports coverage. Those reporters and photographers include Mike Sackett (Midlothian Heritage), Carlos Ramirez (Midlothian), JT Shipp (Ferris), Patty and Don Hullett (Ennis), Braden Roux (Waxahachie), Dr. Jerome Stewart (Maypearl), Fred Phipps (rover) and Travis Smith (Red Oak/Waxahachie).
"I am sad in a way, because of the greatness that awaits this county and all the teams I have covered and that I will miss seeing it first hand," Marion stated. "I'm sad I won't see Scott Dorsett and his camera rushing to one of the zillion games he covers for us on my way out the door."
He added, "I only hope and pray I have been a modicum of what they were and are to the cities of Avalon, Italy, Maypearl, Milford, Palmer, Midlothian, Ovilla, Red Oak, and Waxahachie."