Sanford’s goals: Inform, enlighten and provoke (when necessary)

By , Daily Memphian Published: September 17, 2018 10:12 AM CT
Otis Sanford
Daily Memphian

Otis Sanford

Otis Sanford holds the Hardin Chair of Excellence in Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Memphis and is the political analyst and commentator for WATN Local 24. Contact him at 901-678-3669 or at o.sanford@memphis.edu. Follow him on Twitter @otissanford.

It was unusually cold in Memphis – even for the dead of winter – with a couple inches of fresh snow on the ground when I checked in at the metro desk of The Commercial Appeal on Jan. 10, 1977, for my first day as a general assignment reporter. My initial assignment, of course, was to write a weather story. Then as now, even a minor snowfall is a serious disruptor in Memphis and front-page news.

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