Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The hunt is over

Well folks, Fayrouz and I are moving to Beaumont, Texas and The Beaumont Enterprise within the month. The daily news site is located at for sneak peeks.

Thanks to everyone for your support and help through this search for a new home. It looks like we found a nice one. Beaumont is located between Houston (one hour) and the Louisiana border (30 minutes) near the Gulf Coast. It's also located 90 minutes from Galveston and four hours from New Orleans.

The city's population is 114,000 and the newspaper covers an area with a population of 350,000. The area is known for its shipping/sea life, timber, oil and cultural fusion. So, I should be able to make lots of interesting images, and Fay will eat great food. :-)

The paper was founded in 1880 and is the oldest business institution in southeast Texas. For the last six years, it has won either first or second place for Best Mid-sized Daily Newspaper in Texas. Now owned by The Hearst Corporation, it has a 55,000 daily and 65,000 Sunday circulation. They also publish five weekly newspapers and are affiliated with several national magazines.

We negotiated some cool contract riders, so this blog will continue and has access to images I make for the newspaper.

We should be there and settled within the month. In the meantime, I'm still freelancing for The Dallas Morning News until we're ready to change locations. Consequently, I probably won't write much this month. I'll still try to post images daily until I unplug from here. I'll resume the text posts in addition to the images as soon as I become accustomed to my new schedule.

Enough for now,


CarmenSisson said...

I have been a bit out of the loop lately, but that is super cool. Congratulations :-)

Tom Leininger said...


I am glad to hear you landed on your feet. Have fun moving.


Donncha said...

Funny thing is, I grew up in a place called Beaumont! It's a small area of Blackrock in the suburbs of Cork City, Ireland!

Mark M. Hancock said...

Thanks y'all.

I'm not sure "fun" and "moving" should be in the same sentence.

I guess this makes us neighbors. I knew about the Tex-Mex and Cajun food, now we get shepherds pie too. Cool! ;-}

SusanA said...

Congratulations Mark, I was hoping to have you as a neighbor myself, but there's probably a lot more going on in Beaumont. All best.

Michael Rubenstein said...


That's just great. I hope that part of the world treats you well.


palmer said...

Good luck! I'm contemplating a move myself.

Bryon Houlgrave said...

Congrats on the job. Welcome back to staffer life!

Good luck with the move. We look forward to some upcoming images of Beaumont.

Mark M. Hancock said...

Once I settle in, expect an in-depth discussion on the job market and some job search strategies for pros wanting to upgrade jobs.

GreenEyedMonster said...

Muwhahaha, you're almost my neighbor again. Congrats on the new position, and have loads of fun moving. ;)