Staff additions, promotions and other changes at Texas newspapers.
WINNSBORO – Veteran journalist Don Wallace is the new managing editor of the Winnsboro News.
General Manager Shanna Jones announced the appointment, noting that Wallace succeeds Butch Burney, who assumed the role of president/CEO of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce.
Wallace has decades of service at East Texas publications both in sports and news. He started his professional newspaper career in Jacksonville as a reporter/photographer and advanced to sports editor, a post he held for more than 20 years. He also has worked at publications in Frankston, Athens, Bullard, Rusk and most recently Sulphur Springs. He was the sports editor at the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram for 11 years, joining in the staff in 2008 and chronicling the Wildcats’ State Football Championship.
He is an award-winning member of the Texas Sports Writers Association, and his photos and articles have been published nationally in magazines and the Associated Press.
A native of Cherokee County, Wallace studied journalism at Angelina College in Lufkin and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. He was a member of the newspaper staffs at both schools.
He and his wife Dana have two children. They reside in Royse City.
The Kaufman Herald
KAUFMAN – Laura Phillips has joined The Kaufman Herald as an advertising representative.
She has a background in manufacturing and veterinary sales in Northeast Texas.
She also worked as a veterinary technician. She attended Richard College and Talland International Equestrian Academy.
According to the announcement by Publisher Amy Fowler, Phillips works with customers on a variety of Herald products, including the Shopping Guide, the quarterly magazine, Connecting Kaufman, website ads and special sections.
SULPHUR SPRINGS – Ariel Phillips has joined the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram as a reporter.
Phillips is a graduate of Cumby ISD, where she participated in yearbook and photography. She plans to continue her journalism education at Paris Junior College while working at the News-Telegram.
Publisher Dave Shabaz said he and the staff welcome the new reporter and encouraged the community to reach out with story ideas.