About Us

Focus Daily News is the official paper of record for DeSoto, Duncanville, Cedar Hill, Lancaster and Glenn Heights, Texas. The newspaper is dedicated to the southern suburbs of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. It publishes a combination of local news, state news, national news and opinions. Focus Daily also covers high school football, local school news, community events and legal notices affecting residents.

You’ll also find relevant articles highlighting travel, technology, automotive reviews, restaurant reviews, local entertainment news and movie reviews.

Publisher: Marlon Hanson

Marlon Hanson is a graduate of Pace University with a B.A. in Economics. He graduated from Adelphi University with an M.B.A. in Business and Economics.

Mr. Hanson has been in the media since 1970, beginning with the New York Daily News. He was brought to Dallas in 1981 to manage advertising and circulation administration for the Dallas Times Herald. In 1985, he was appointed to direct all community newspaper operations for the Community Close-up eleven editions of the newspaper. When the newspaper was sold in 1988, he founded Focus Newspapers, expanding the paper from weekly to daily over the past 28 years.

He has covered the automotive industry since 1995 and is a three-term president of the Texas Auto Writers Association. He is the current President and Chief Operating officer of the Texas Automotive Media Association.

Besides Focus Daily News, Hanson is a judge for the Consumers Digest Best Buys. automotive articles appear in Consumers Digest Magazine, Focus Daily News and various other websites and magazines.

Executive Editor: Amanda Rogers

Amanda Rogers has worked in the journalism field for almost 40 years. Over that time she’s worked as a reporter, sports writer, copy editor, photographer, assigning editor and managing editor at a variety of daily and weekly publications. Her passion for local news and journalism will be an asset for Focus.

Rogers and her family live in Mansfield. She and her husband, Bob, have three sons and a daughter-in-law, and are active in their church. In 2012, she founded the World’s Only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza, which has become the largest event in Mansfield.

Digital Director of Operations: Kristin Barclay

Kristin Barclay graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a major in Journalism and Advertising. Her professional career spans 10 years with management experience including handling accounts for Philip Morris, Miller Lite, American Express, Verizon, and Bank of America. Prior to joining Daily News she was a popular on-air personality on the Houston radio program In Wheel Time. You can find an account of her travel adventures and more on In Deep H2O.

She is widely recognized as one of the top digital and media influencers in the country being most recently recognized as one of the Top Three social media influencers in Houston.

She now handles all digital media aspects at Focus Daily News having created a new website which is experiencing exponential growth to great to measure since joining the newspaper.

 

Additional Contributors: Durhl Caussey

JoAnn Holt

Rita Cook

Sue Mead