Wednesday, January 20, 2021


Meet the dedicated Defender staff


ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Managing Editor

A renowned author of over 40+books and several TV series, ReShonda has been an editorial contributor since graduating from University of Texas in the 90s.


Marilyn Marshall
Associate Editor

Marilyn, an accomplished journalist and editor, has been a part of the Defender family for over 30+ years.


Selma Dodson Tyler
Client Manager

Selma, a seasoned veteran in advertising and marketing for print and radio, serves our ad partners needs on all the Defender platforms: print, online and social media.


Aswad Walker
People Editor

With a gift for embracing our culture, Aswad shares his journalistic skills while also capturing the essence of Black Houstonians in photos in Faces @ Houston events.


Margo Hubbard
Engagement Editor

Margo, a seasoned public relations and marketing expert, supplies resourceful content and interacts with our readers on all the Defender social media venues.


Michael Grant
Creative/Art Director

With an extensive graphic and digital design background, Michael is a master at visual storytelling on multiple platforms.

Terrance Harris_Defender Sports Reporter

Terrance Harris
College | Pro Sports Editor

For over two decades, Terrance has cover sports for dailies in Indianapolis, Arizona, Missouri, and Texas. We are fortunate to have him.

Jodie B. Jiles

Jodie B. Jiles
High School Sports Reporter

The strong relationship with the student-athletes gives Jodie a competitive edge in sports coverage.

JimmieAggison_Defender Sports Photographer

Jimmie Aggison
Sports Photographer

Recognized as an exceptional sports photographer, Jimmie captures the essence of the game of sports.

Larry Davis

Larry Davis

Known to many as Mr. Defender, Larry makes sure the North Houston area receives the weekly edition of the Defender newspaper.

Ron Scurry

Ron Scurry

An authority in newspaper distribution, Ron oversees distribution of the newspaper in Southwest Houston.

Robert Sanders1

Robert Sanders

Robert, known for his hard-work ethic, handles the distribution of the newspaper in Central and Southeast Houston.