La Marque Resident Named Baylor Lariat Editor

May 2, 2001

by Lori Scott Fogleman

WACO, Texas - John C. Drake, a La Marque resident and journalism major at Baylor University, has been named editor-in-chief of The Baylor Lariat, the university's student newspaper, for the 2001-2002 academic year.

Drake is the son of Charlene Curry-Drake of Galveston and the late Dr. George Kerry Drake Sr.

Drake is a 1998 graduate of La Marque High School, where he was editor of The PRIDE student newspaper his junior and senior years. At Baylor, he spent three semesters as a staff writer for The Lariat, covering the police, religion and seminary beats, before being named city editor, a position he held during the 2000-2001 academic year. After interning last summer as a Dow Jones Summer Business Reporter with the Huntsville Times in Alabama, Drake will spend June through August as a reporting intern with the Dallas Morning News. He also works in the sports department of the Waco Tribune-Herald compiling sports scores.

Drake is president of Baylor's Association of Black Students and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He also won first place for general column writing in the Region 8 Society of Professional Journalists "Marque of Excellence Contest."

"I look forward to fostering a professional environment and producing a quality publication as Lariat editor," Drake said. "I appreciate all the opportunities the Baylor journalism department has provided me."

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