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Local Community News
Thomas Edwards was named editor of Local Community News in San Antonio. He previously was editor for all news content at Victory Publishing Co. Ltd. of Marble Falls. The company closed The Tribune and folded its content into Victory’s other newspaper, The Picayune.
Edwards served as the editor at Victory for six years after leaving the San Antonio Express-News in September 2006, where he was a senior copy editor and zoned editions editor. In his new position, he will oversee a chain of zoned monthly newspapers in the Alamo City.
Susie Ellwood was named publisher of the Austin American-Statesman and The Statesman Co., owned by Cox Media Group. She succeeds Jane Williams, who was named Cox Media Group’s senior vice president of television.
In her new position, Ellwood is responsible for the Statesman and its affiliated publications, including the Statesman’s website, austin360.com and eight weekly community newspapers.
Before joining the Statesman, she was executive vice president and general manger for USA TODAY. She also provided direction on the recent redesign.
The Big Lake Wildcat
J.L. Mankin was named editor of The Big Lake Wildcat.
Mankin grew up working at his parent’s weekly newspaper, The Eldorado Success. Following graduation from Eldorado High School in 2003, he attended Angelo State University where he pursued a degree in journalism. He moved to Big Lake and joined The Wildcat as a reporter/photographer following his graduation from ASU in 2009.
Mankin replaces Marla Daugherty who resigned after 18 years at The Wildcat.
Atlanta Citizens Journal
Austin Lewter was named publisher of the Atlanta Citizens Journal and group manager of Northeast Texas Publishing, owned by Moser Community Media LLC.
In addition to his role in Atlanta, Lewter will supervise management of the Pittsburg Gazette, Cass County Sun, Bowie County Citizens Tribune and Daingerfield Bee.
Lewter previously served as associate publisher with Muenster Printing and Publishing, where he oversaw the Whitesboro News-Record, Lindsay Letter and Muenster Enterprise.
Lilia Castillo Jones
Valley Morning Star
Lilia Castillo Jones was named publisher of the Valley Morning Star. In her new role, she will be responsible for the Star and the weekly Coastal Current.
Jones served as senior vice president for sales and marketing at the San Antonio Express-News/MySA.com from 2006 to 2012. She joined Valley Morning Star in 2003 as display advertising director.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, Jones spent 23 years at The Dallas Morning News, where she served as display advertising director and in various positions in the classified advertising department.
Stephan T. Wingert
Stephan T. Wingert was named publisher of The Monitor in McAllen and regional vice president of the Rio Grande Valley newspapers, owned by AIM Media Texas LLC. Wingert worked in a variety of management roles at The Monitor before joining the Pacific region of Freedom Communications Inc. in 2004 as regional vice president and publisher of the Daily Press/Desert Dispatch in Victorville, Calif.
Wingert’s father, Larry, served as publisher of The Monitor from 1977 to 1995.