BEEVILLE – Coastal Bend Publishing LLC, owner of six newspapers in the region, has tapped Dennis Wade to serve as its publisher and vice president.
Jonathan McElvy, president and CEO, announced the appointment.
Wade has managed a number of newspaper groups across the country, including Granite Publications in Taylor, American Consolidated Media in McAllen and Eagle Publications in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Most recently, Wade was publisher of the Lawton (Oklahoma) Constitution, before joining the Lawton-Fort Still Chamber of Commerce as vice president.
In his role with Coastal Bend Publishing, Wade is publisher and vice president for the Beeville Bee-Picayune, Goliad Advance-Guard, Refugio County Press, The News of San Patricio, The Progress and the Karnes Countywide.
McElvy noted that in addition to his newspaper experience, Wade has a track record of community service and civic involvement.
Wade is originally from Beaumont, and his wife, Norma, is a native of McAllen. They have two grown children who also reside in the state.
“Norma and I are thrilled to be coming home back to Texas,” Wade said.
Coastal Bend Publishing acquired Beeville Publishing Company from Jeff and Chip Latcham, fourth generation publishers to run their family business. The acquisition was announced Feb. 1.
Along with the newspapers in the Beeville area, McElvy Media Group owns The Greensheet, which delivers 475,000 newspapers in Houston and Dallas each week; The Leader, a 30,000-circulation newspaper in Houston; the Fort Bend Star, a 30,000-circulation newspaper in Fort Bend County; and four weekly newspapers in Charlotte, N.C., with 42,000 combined circulation. The company started in 2012.