Newsmakers

Promotions, staff additions and other changes at Texas newspapers.

MIRANDA OGLESBY, Mount Pleasant Tribune

MOUNT PLEASANT – Miranda Oglesby has returned to the Mount Pleasant Tribune as managing editor. Oglesby previously worked for the Tribune from 2018 to 2020 as a reporter, designer and later as managing editor. Most recently, she was managing editor for the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram.
Publisher Kenny Mitchell announced the appointment, noting that as a seasoned journalist Oglesby “will give us the ability to cover all of the great things going on in Titus County and be the catalyst for making the Tribune the best source for local, hometown news.”
Originally from the Dallas area, Oglesby moved to East Texas in the mid-2000s and graduated from Sulphur Springs High school in 2012. In addition to serving as editor of her high school newspaper, she was a writer for The Eagle, the newspaper for North Texas Community College.
In 2020 she earned the second place Journalist of the Year award in the North and East Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

KYLE COOKE, Rockdale Reporter

ROCKDALE – Kyle Cooke has stepped into the editor’s role at The Rockdale Reporter, continuing the leadership role for the fourth generation of the Cooke family at their hometown newspaper. His appointment as editor follows the departure of David Money, who took a job with The Paris (Texas) News, a part of Southern Newspapers Inc.
Cooke assumed editor duties on Sept. 8, according to an announcement by Ken Esten Cooke, publisher of The Reporter and the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post in Fredericksburg.
Kyle Cooke spent most of his career in Houston on the advertising side of the newspaper industry, working for the The Houston Post, Houston Chronicle and The Greensheet, a classified advertising publication. He also worked for Castle Biosciences for four years before returning to Rockdale to become general manager of The Reporter.
Ken Esten Cooke noted his brother has extensive experience in all departments of a newspaper and at all sizes of newspapers. “Our readers have enjoyed having him write columns and editorials since his return to the paper as our general manager last year,” he said.

ANGIE BRYANT, Devil’s River News

SONORA – Angie Bryant is the new editor of The Devil’s River News. She took over from Stephanie Richey, who left the newspaper to take a position as director of nursing at Schleicher County Nursing Home in Eldorado.
Bryant has worked at the paper for more than a year as advertising director and production assistant. She was previously employed by the paper from 2012 to 2015. Randy Mankin, president of Masked Rider Publishing, Inc. and publisher of The Devil’s River News, said he was pleased that Bryant accepted the position.
Bryant is a Snyder native, but has called Sonora home for more than 11 years. She and her husband Curtis have three children. Among her community activities, she currently serves as secretary of the board for the Sonora Chamber of Commerce.

JOSEPH SPEARS, Bowie County Citizens Tribune

NEW BOSTON – Joseph Spears has joined the editorial staff of the Bowie County Citizens Tribune as a reporter. A UIL journalism award winner in high school, he has done some writing and photography for the newspaper in the past. He recently returned to New Boston after living briefly in Houston. As a sports fan, he covers and photographs sports events as well as community activities.