Stephen White was born in Morley, West
Yorkshire, in October 1957.
He attended Peel Street Junior School, Morley, and Batley
Grammar School before joining the Batley News and Morley
Observer as a trainee reporter in September 1975.
Here, he met Leslie Overend, a formidable character
and a legend in photographic and local newspaper circles,
and established a friendship that was to last until
Leslie’s death in 1989.
In 1982, Stephen joined the Yorkshire Evening Post,
in Leeds, as a sub-editor.
After five years working for newspapers in Sydney and
Perth, Australia, he joined the Yorkshire Post, before
returning to the Yorkshire Evening Post as deputy production
editor, then sports-editor-in-chief.
In April 1999 he was appointed editor of the Wiltshire
Times Series of newspapers, based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
In December 2001 he joined the Western Daily Press in
Bristol, where he became features editor and travel
editor, assistant editor then, in August 2006, deputy
editor. In September 2010 he was appointed Duty Editor
in the Press Association's page production department
in Howden, East Yorkshire, working for the Daily Mirror,
Sunday Mirror and The Sunday People. He was appointed Editor of the same department in September 2013. In November 2014, he joined Mirror Group Newspapers as a sub-editor, continuing to work for the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.
In 1992, Stephen published a book of Leslie’s
photographs. The book, "1960-1969 Overend’s
Morley, 100 pictures of Morley people at work and play",
is now sold out.
Since June 1993, Stephen has been contributing
a picture a week to the Morley Observer (latterly Morley
Observer & Advertiser) for its popular Overend’s
Morley feature, where readers are asked to identify
old pictures and contribute their comments.
Keen to see Leslie's historic pictures
"live" again, Stephen spent many hours archiving
Leslie’s huge collection of negatives before launching
this website in November 2007.
In November 2008, he published a second
book of Leslie's photographs, "1970-1979 Overend’s
Morley, 100 pictures of Morley people at work and play".
The third Overend's Morley book - Overend's Morley 1974-1983 - was published in October, 2014. You can order copies of the two latest books - or prints from any of Leslie's negatives - by clicking HERE.