Jimmy moved with his family to Midland in 1988. For much of his first 20 years there, Jimmy was a writer and editor for the Midland Reporter-Telegram. He left in 2009 to pursue the writing of his book, “A History of Character: The Story of Midland, Texas,” released September 11, 2014. Jimmy’s next book, tentatively titled “Alysheba: America’s Horse” is nearing completion.
Jimmy has completed three novels with Midland criminal defense attorney Tom Morgan, including “Chisos Mountain Sunset” and “An Absence of Principal,” and in 2011 he wrote and published “50 Years: The Story of the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo.” Since 2005, he has also served as editor of the West Texas Angelus, the newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of West Texas and is the diocese’s former Communications Director and current Media Relations Director.
He was named national Family Columnist of the Year in 2009 by the 230-member Catholic Press Association, and in 2014 Jimmy was honored with two additional awards for in-depth reporting and investigative reporting by the Catholic Press Association for his stories on the Syrian refugee crisis, while reporting from Jordan in October 2013. In 2007, he received the national Knights of Columbus-Father Michael J. McGivney Award for Distinguished Journalism for his reporting on the efforts along the Texas-Mexico border to assist the economically disadvantaged residents of Boquillas, Mexico.
Jimmy and his wife Karen have been married for 32 years. Together they have three adult children and one granddaughter.