GONZALES – Veteran Texas journalist Lew K. Cohn is the new publisher of the Gonzales Inquirer.
He succeeds outgoing publisher Steve Fountain, who has accepted a teaching position at Waelder ISD.
“It is an honor to come to Gonzales County, one of the most historic places in the Lone Star State, and to take the reins at one of the oldest and most-respected newspapers in Texas,” Cohn said. “I look forward to getting to know everyone and working closely with businesses, organizations, officials and residents to provide our readers with the top-notch news and sports coverage they have come to expect from the Gonzales Inquirer.” Cohn moved to the Inquirer after a five-and-a-half year stint in Marble Falls, where he was managing editor of The Highlander and the Burnet Bulletin.
During his time at those newspapers, he won multiple awards from the Texas Press Association for his work and led the Bulletin to the Sweepstakes Award this year. Cohn also won the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ Nancy Monson FOI Award in 2020 for calling attention to how one city was making changes that would have stifled citizen input and speech at council meetings.
Cohn also steered the development of a number of new magazines and special sections, including Lake Country Living, a quarterly publication dedicated to the promotion of the Highland Lakes lifestyle.
“I will miss the people of the Highland Lakes, who allowed my wife Betty and me to be valued members of their community,” Cohn said. “We made many happy memories there and many lifelong friends and now we welcome the opportunity to do the same in Gonzales.”
A 1992 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Cohn won awards from the TPA and from the Mississippi Press Association and National Newspaper Association during stints in Atlanta and Linden, Hearne, Henderson, Tyler, New Boston, DeKalb and Greenville, Mississippi.
He was also named the Alafair Hammett Media Award winner by the Association of Texas Professional Educators for his coverage of New Boston ISD.
In 2005, Cohn became one of the youngest publishers in the state of Texas when he was was selected to lead the Grand Saline Sun and Edgewood Enterprise. Cohn left the newspaper field in 2007 and worked for Cigna Health Care in Denison and Plano for eight years before returning to journalism in 2016.