In a world that seems to be changing more and more on a daily basis, for the last 107 years one thing has remained constant – The National Herald that provides its readers the news that matters to them on a daily basis.
The National Herald was founded in 1915 to support Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos, who was a member of the Greek Diaspora, because when he was born, Crete had not yet become part of Greece and was still under Ottoman rule. Since then, wars, famines, natural disasters, and everything else imaginable have taken place – and yet we are here, 107 years later, still together.
The sense of responsibility and commitment towards the entire Greek community, worldwide, is felt today more than ever. All of us as Greeks carry a historical weight that our ancestors placed on us because of the greatness of their achievements. The Greeks who left Greece’s shores and traveled the world over have performed miracles and changed the planet in the last 107 years, and what is also amazing is that one can trace those monumental achievements right here on the pages of The National Herald’s.
Having the honor of being the historical diary, or catalog of Greeks in the Diaspora is not a given – it requires commitment from the newspaper staff, their families, enthusiastic and demanding readers, and supportive advertisers. To all of you in each of these categories, I can only say a sincere, and heartfelt thank you. I’m so proud of the work done on a daily basis here at the newspaper and I hope to make you, our readers, proud of your newspaper. For a Greek-language newspaper headquartered in New York to not only survive, but to thrive, for 107 years is nothing short of a miracle. I can only express my sincere gratitude for the hard work and sacrifices made by all those who were in my position as co-editor and publisher before me, and I would like to acknowledge the longest-serving publisher and editor in the history of our newspaper, Antonis Diamataris.
I had the good fortune to grow up in the house of Litsa and Antonis Diamataris where, without knowing it, I was educated about my current position by listening to conversations at the table. I also had a model sister in Vanessa who, as you have all seen, has taken the English version of our newspaper to a completely new and positive level. My aunt Veta, whom I have no doubt many of you have contacted by phone, tirelessly continues to bring ads to our newspaper and connect with businesses and individuals and enjoys these contacts to the fullest. None of this, of course, would have been possible without the courage and vision of Petros Tatanis, the founder of our newspaper, and the dedication of our talented colleagues in the United States, Greece, Cyprus, and around the world struggling to keep Petros Tatanis’ vision alive and well.
For you, our readers, three years ago in 2019, when my sister and I took over our newspapers, we pledged to honor our past, improve the present, and dream of the future. Three years later, our newspapers have fully entered the digital age with two brand new websites, increased social media presence, and increased video content. Thank you for your continued trust, subscriptions, ads, and support. It is our honor to serve you and to serve Hellenism wherever it is. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am convinced that the best is yet to come. Happy birthday to our Ethnikos Kirikas, The National Herald, and here’s to the next 107 years!