Promotions and staff changes at Texas newspapers.
BRYAN – The first woman to serve as the top newsroom executive at The Eagle of Bryan-College Station has resigned to accept a position at Texas A&M University.
Kelly Brown resigned Feb. 9 as editor of the newspaper to accept the newly created position of associate vice president of marketing and communication at A&M.
Managing Editor Darren Benson was promoted to succeed her. He will be replaced by special projects editor Rob Clark.
Brown, 50, had been managing editor for nine years when she was promoted to editor in 2010. Benson, 43, succeeded her as managing editor.
CARTHAGE – The Panola Watchman hired Carthage native Meredith Shamburger as a staff reporter.
Shamburger covers Panola County, writing news and feature stories and taking photographs.
She came to the Watchman from the Longview News-Journal, where she worked as a staff reporter covering public safety and education for the past two years.
She has previously worked at the Marshall News Messenger, the Dallas Morning News and The Daily Voice, a community news website based out of Westchester County, New York.
Austin Business Journal
AUSTIN – Marissa Luck has joined the Austin Business Journal to cover the real estate beat.
Most recently, she was a business reporter for The Daily News in Longview, Washington. She replaced senior staff writer Jan Buchholz, who retired Jan. 12.
Luck will continue the newspaper’s coverage of the residential and commercial real estate scenes. Austin’s affordability issue, the changes at the Austin Board of Realtors, the downtown skyline and the progress of CodeNext, the city of Austin’s initiative to revise the Land Development Code, are some of the topics she will cover.