Rio Grande Guardian

TaglineAn online-only news source for South Texas
Year Founded2005
Type or CoverageGeneral
Business TypeFor-profit
Revenue SourcesLocal Ads
Revenue SourcesEvents
Institutional SupportNo Institutional Support
Staff Size (Business)2-5
Staff Size (Editorial)6-10
Active Volunteers1-10
AffiliationsKVEO-TV Brownsville; KGBT-TV Harlingen.
Mappin LocationMcAllen - Texas
Principal StaffSteve Taylor
Principal StaffNadezhda Garza
Principal StaffJoey Gomez
DescriptionIn July of 2005 Steve Taylor and his partner Melinda Barerra sold their Isuzu Rodeo for seed money and launched the first online-only news site in the Texas border region. The site called the Rio Grande Guardian bills itself as “the internet newspaper of south Texas” and covers the Rio Grande Valley which consists of the four counties that make up the southernmost tip of the nation’s second most populous state. With relatively few Internet users and plenty of economic problems the Valley was and is an unlikely place to start a web-only news outlet but Taylor and co-founder Barrera who had experience founding small businesses looked at the growth of online-only news sites in other parts of country and felt that their site could gain a foothold. More than five years later the Guardian has reported on some of the biggest stories affecting the Valley and gained an audience among working residents and community leaders alike.
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