Hall named publisher of Brenham Banner-Press

BRENHAM – Derek Hall is the new editor and publisher of The Banner­-Press. 
The announcement was made by Fred Hartman, president of Washington County Publishing, Inc., parent company of the Banner-Press.
Hall, who has been with the newspaper since 2000, replaced Jay T. Strasner, who joined the Community Impact newspaper group as a general manager in the Dallas-­Fort Worth area.
A graduate of Brenham high School, Hall started his career with The Banner-Press as a photographer. He moved through the ranks in the graphic arts department and then was named news editor in 2007.
Most recently, Hall has been serving as the newspaper’s creative marketing director, focusing on print and online advertising sales.
Hartman praised Hall as a “multitool player in the newspaper business” with “a broad skill
set and the knowledge and creative ability to know what it takes to publish a quality newspaper.”
Hall also has background in community involvement, which Hartman said will be a top priority in his new position.