The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 11, 2014

Daily Item names new sports editor

By William Bowman
The Daily Item

SUNBURY — Todd Stanford, who spent more than a decade on the sports staff at The Daily Item, has returned as the newspaper’s sports editor.

Stanford, 42, was a sports writer for The Daily Item from November of 2000 until departing in February of 2012. He returned last week as the sports editor, replacing long-time fixture Harold Raker, who retired on Friday after 42 years with The Daily Item.

“We are very glad to have Todd back,” said publisher Gary Grossman. “He was a good sports writer; he knows the territory and knows the coaches.”

Stanford worked side-by-side with Raker during his tenure with the paper.

“Harold was sports in this region for so long, so it’s an honor to try to continue his legacy,” said Stanford.

Stanford, who graduated from Temple and earned a master’s from Indiana (Pa.), takes over a staff which includes Scott Dudinskie and Jon Gerardi, who have combined for more than 25 years covering Valley sports.

“I have a lot of trust in Scott and Jon; they are real professionals,” said Stanford. “I am really looking forward to running a staff with so many veterans.”

Stanford lives in Selinsgrove with his wife, Beth, and children Veronica, 10, and Quinn, 6.

“It’s a really great place to raise a family,” said Stanford. “It has always reminded of the place I grew up around Harrisburg.”

As a staff member, Stanford worked under former sports editors Tom Housenick and Bill Bowman. He also did asignments on a freelance basis for Raker.

“I think I learned a lot from all of them,” he said. “I’m anxious to continue the tradition of producing a great section for the sports fans here in the Central Susquehanna Valley.”