New White House spokesman has lo­cal roots

Ho­gan Gi­d­ley appointed new deputy press sec­re­tary

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - Com­piled by News-Times staff from wire and ar­chive re­ports

The new­est ad­di­tion to the White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions shop has not only served a for­mer Arkansas gover­nor, but has roots in El Do­rado.

On Tues­day, the Washington Post re­ported that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has hired Ho­gan Gi­d­ley as deputy White House press sec­re­tary. Gi­d­ley’s first day on the job was Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a col­umn from for­mer News-Times Man­ag­ing Edi­tor Shea Wil­son that ran in 2015, Gi­d­ley grew up in El Do­rado and was once the edi­tor of the Hi-Gusher, the stu­dent news­pa­per for El Do­rado High School.

Gi­d­ley, who has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in jour­nal­ism from the Univer­sity of Mis­sis­sippi, pre­vi­ously worked on for­mer Arkansas Gov. Mike Huck­abee’s

staff, as well as on the re-elec­tion cam­paign for U.S. Sen. El­iz­a­beth Dole in 2008, the 2012 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign of for­mer Penn­syl­va­nia Sen. Rick San­to­rum and Huck­abee’s 2016

pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. He also has worked as the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the South Carolina Repub­li­can Party.

In the 2015 News-Times col­umn, Gi­d­ley said his ex­pe­ri­ences grow­ing up in the area have helped him in his ca­reer, adding that “The lessons I learned and the friend­ships I built in El Do­rado

are never far.”

“El Do­rado is just a great town,” Gi­d­ley said at the time. “I don’t miss the tor­na­does and weather, but I do miss Spud­nuts. They are worth the calo­ries.”

Gi­d­ley is serv­ing un­der an­other na­tive Arkansan, White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders.

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