I will get right to the difficult point; a new opportunity has come along that has resulted in my status as editor here at Odessa Headlines to come to an end.

Our little media outlet has been an amazing venture. Proving the vital role good journalism can play in our community, we have broken some major stories and struck a blow for truth and accountability.

But fear not, my new adventures do not mean the end of our beloved little media outlet that roars.

It is true, Odessa Headlines will be facing some logistical challenging in the coming days. For one, journalists are far and few between. There will be many things to consider, business model, structure, personnel, and so on, but I expect it won’t be too long before Headlines will be back to full speed and better than before. Stay tuned.

As for me, I will reveal a few personal details.

I graduated with my bachelor’s degree this past December, took the law school admissions test, and I spent as much time before the end of the year on my family’s land in the mountains as I could.

For the coming months I will be working in Austin at the state capitol covering the senate with some amazing new colleagues.

I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to join the team at The Texan news and will be covering the Texas Senate during the legislative session, as well as other political and public policy issues.

The Texan is an incredible organization and I highly recommend checking them out, subscribing, and following my reporting there!

I believe there’s a lot of great new things in store for Odessa.

It has been my honor to see and follow so many interesting developments in our town and region, and I am optimistic about the incoming new leadership that will carry forth their vision and mandates from the people.

But they cannot do it alone, and it is going to take a large effort of everyone working together, and most importantly listening to each other to make great things happen.

Odessa has been my home for most of my life. I was born here, and I care very deeply about its future. I hope those who are fortunate enough to call Odessa home realize how truly significant, important, and wonderful this energy community is.

For Liberty,


The object of education therefore is wisdom—the wisdom to live happily and govern oneself; it is a question of educating not only the mind, but also the heart and the backbone. What is wisdom, but character? And what is character but good citizenship?”

John Ben Shepperd

Matt Stringer is a journalist from Odessa, Texas.