Mary Alice Thatch: From ‘Janitor’ to NNPA Publisher of the Year
By George E. Curry
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – If the Wilmington Journal ever holds a contest to determine who began work there at the youngest age, Mary Alice Jervay Thatch would win hands down. Literally.
“My daddy used to say that I started at 3 or 4 months old, when I started crawling around on the floor,” Thatch recounted with a hearty laugh. “I was hired as the janitor to clean the floor – with my diaper.”
Thatch is now editor-publisher-owner of the newspaper, the same positions her father, Thomas C. Jervay, Sr., held when she was scooting around the office.
She shared, not only a love for journalism with her father, but a strong sense of devotion to the community the Wilmington Journal serves.
The Journal is across the street from where Alex Manley edited another Black newspaper, the Daily Record, in the late 1890s.