The Midlothian Mirror and Waxahachie Daily Light are pleased to formally announce David Dunn as the newest addition to the editorial staff.

Dunn joined the team in late July and has since dedicated himself to serving the Midlothian community as a do-it-all reporter. He will also assist the Daily Light by helping cover the communities that surround Waxahachie.

“Journalism combines two of my favorite passions: writing and storytelling. With a fast-growing city like Midlothian, I’m excited to tell residents’ stories as they continue to grow and develop as a standout Texas community,” Dunn explained.

Dunn graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications as well as two minors in art and emerging media strategies. Before nailing down his first full-time reporting job with the Mirror, Dunn free-lanced for a variety of publications with published bylines in The Dallas Morning News, The Fort Worth Weekly, MoviePilot.com, The Inquisitr and The Arlington Voice. Dunn was also featured on NBC5 in 2016 after his autism awareness column was published in The Morning News.

Travis Smith, the managing editor for the Daily Light and Mirror, said the addition of Dunn has already been a huge boost to the four-person editorial team.

"For us to have the opportunity to bring someone on board like David, who has a clear passion for storytelling and exceptional reporting skills, was a no-brainer," Smith said. "David has hit the ground running and I think his efforts are already being noticed across Midlothian and Waxahachie. The Mirror and Midlothian community have needed someone like David for quite some time. This really is an exciting time for the Daily Light and Mirror."

Dunn began his journalism career in 2013 and admitted the news aspect was not the most appealing at the time. Initially, he intended on majoring in film and wanted to tell stories through screenplays and directing. The 2010 Facebook film, The Social Network, started his interest in media.

“That movie compelled me to write my own film reviews and deconstruct how they work and why they impact audiences the way they do,” Dunn elaborated.

Despite having no prior journalism or print experience, Dunn was hired as the first and only film critic for the digital edition of The Shorthorn newspaper, a student publication at the University of Texas - Arlington.

Dunn is excited to grow as a journalist and experience all of what Midlothian and Waxahachie have to offer.

“In the short time I’ve been here, Waxahachie and Midlothian alike have demonstrated themselves as warm and welcoming communities with a lot of potential for growth," he said. "I enjoyed serving these communities so far, and I look forward to expanding my relationships with the people in these cities.”

David Dunn can be reached at ddunn@waxahachietx.com, by phone at (469) 517-1456 or in the newsroom at 200 W. Marvin Avenue.