OurWeekly publisher Natalie Cole has named veteran newspaperman and book publisher Stanley O. Williford as its new editor. Williford will direct the editorial operations of OurWeekly and two other publications–Healthier You, a national health magazine, and Careers and Education, which is directed toward high school and college students.
“As OurWeekly enters its seventh year, the timing couldn’t be better to have Stanley assume the editor’s helm,” said Cole. “Stanley is charged with the management of day-to-day operations of the editorial department, including the managing editor, staff writers, contributors, researchers, content flow and selection, and most important, quality of content.
“Stanley is a savvy news veteran with the right mix of career experience, management style, and know-how necessary to drive OW to its next level of growth. Though he has only been with OW for six months, he stepped in during an intense period of challenges, or ‘organized chaos,’ as I like to refer to it, which is expected during growth spurts, and he managed with a calm, collected demeanor and sense of humor that squarely positioned him as an asset.”
Williford began his newspaper career as a reporter with the Los Angeles Times in 1969, following a fellowship at the Washington Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. He left the Times after three years to travel in Europe and Africa. Upon returning after seven months abroad, he worked almost two years for the Los Angeles Sentinel before joining the Los Angeles Herald Examiner for a year.
In October 1976 he returned to the Los Angeles Times as a copy editor, but took an early retirement in 1993. The retirement lasted four-months before he accepted a position as director of publications at Crenshaw Christian Center and launched Faith One Publishing, the ministry’s book-publishing arm. The position lasted for 14 months.
Williford then accepted a job as copy editor with the Orange County Register, where he remained for two and a half years before returning to Crenshaw Christian Center to resume the leadership of Faith One Publishing. Williford left Crenshaw in 2002 and launched Vision Publishing, his own book-publishing company.
After meeting with Cole in December, he accepted the position of co-editor. Almost six months later he was named editor.