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CHRIS EDWARDS, Houston County Courier
CROCKETT – Polk County Publishing Publisher Kelli Barnes announced Chris Edwards is the new editor for the Houston County Courier, following the retirement of Toni Browning.
Edwards has served as editor for the Tyler County Booster since 2018, which he will continue to do. Prior to that, he worked for PCPC in various capacities since 2014. His relationship with the company, and specifically the Booster, goes back further, when he was a general assignments reporter there in the early 2000s.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University and says he considers himself fortunate to have a variety of interests and life experiences.
“I’m looking forward tremendously to getting to know the people of Houston County, and to help put out a quality newspaper for them,” he said. “I only hope I can continue to lead the Courier in its excellent community-driven path,” he added.
Outside of the newspaper industry, Edwards recently added “true crime author” to his resume with his story “Bad Country People” in the forthcoming mass-market anthology The Best New True Crime: Crimes of Passion, Obsession and Revenge. He also just finished a collection of short fiction titled Nobody Comes to Visit Anymore.