In a time when many newspapers across the United States are under the constant threat of shutting down, Ethnikos Kirikas continues on as the Greek daily newspaper the community turns to as their trusted news source day after day. For as long as I can remember, EK had a presence in my family whether it was my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles reading the latest news and sports or me, my brother, and our cousins using the newspaper for our Greek school current events projects or homework – it was an institution you could always count on.
In November 2014, I met TNH journalist Constantine Sirigos at a community event and told him I was a writer, he suggested I apply to write freelance for The National Herald. In all honesty, I never thought I could work at the newspaper, it was such a revered, historic institution in the community, but I sent in my application and submitted writing samples anyway. After meeting with then-publisher-editor Antonis H. Diamataris, I began contributing articles for the food and literary sections. When I was offered a full-time job on the English edition, I accepted and since then (April 2016) the experience has been interesting to say the least. By October 2016, I was Assistant Executive Editor for the English edition, having learned how this well-oiled machine works and the fact that there are some things you cannot otherwise learn about the newspaper business without hands-on experience.
There have been incredibly tough days in the office when the breaking news was hard to report and days when everything was fine and the news was mostly the achievements and honors of our fellow Greeks that made us all proud. The team spirit was something new to me coming from writing novels, plays, and freelance articles on my own; it took some getting used to. There were times when I thought I wouldn’t make it to the end of the day, but there was a team of people to help me get through it, whatever the challenge was; all I had to do was ask for help. It is a privilege to work with colleagues whose dedication and work ethic have impressed me time and again and who inspire me to do the best I can every day.
In recent years, the addition of some new members to the team has only made the newspaper stronger.
Happy 105th anniversary and all the best for the next 105 years!