Newsmakes

Promotions, appointments, staff changes at Texas newspapers

Gosser leads newsrooms for Herald-Banner Publications
DALE GOSSER
Herald-Banner publications
GREENVILLE – Herald-Banner Publications recently welcomed industry veteran Dale Gosser as managing editor.
He takes over as North Texas group editor for CNHI, LLC, Herald-Banner’s parent company.
Gosser will handle top editorial duties at the Herald-Banner, Rockwall County Herald-Banner, Royse City Herald-Banner and the Commerce Journal. In addition, he will oversee the Cleburne Times-Review and the Weatherford Democrat.
Herald-Banner Publisher Lisa Chappell announced the appointment.
Gosser has been in the newspaper industry since 1993, beginning at the Corsicana Daily Sun, his hometown paper. He has served as the managing editor at the Times-Review since 2002 and at the Democrat since 2018.
He is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Anderson tapped to lead Tyler newsroom operations
JOHN ANDERSON
Tyler Morning Telegraph
TYLER – John Anderson has been named editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph. 
Publisher Justin Wilcox said the veteran journalist has assumed management of the Tyler Morning Telegraph’s print and digital news operations.
Anderson most recently worked as editor of the Batavia Daily News in New York. Previously, he was regional editor for a group of Gatehouse Media newspapers and a bureau chief for the Olean Times Herald. 
He started his career as a sports editor, including covering Super Bowl XXVIII, a Dallas Cowboys victory over the Buffalo Bills.
In 2019, the New York State Publishers Association and New York Press Association awarded Anderson’s newsroom 12 top awards. 
He assisted in editing and also wrote stories in several of the categories. The newspaper won for investigative reporting, best video, sports coverage, news features and advertising supplements. 
Anderson is a past Associated Press columnist of the year and twice won national columnist of the year honors for Gatehouse Media.
Anderson was honored with a chamber of commerce person of the year award, has served as a board member with the United Way and was a member of Rotary Club, Lions Club and Loyal Order of the Moose and Sons of the American Legion. 
He has been a volunteer firefighter as well.

WYNDI VEIGEL
JESSICA HARKER
Marshall News Messenger

MARSHALL – Two new staff members have recently joined the Marshall News Messenger. 
Wyndi Veigel is editor and Jessica Harker is the newspaper’s city reporter.
Originally from the Texas Panhandle, Veigel said she recently moved to East Texas “to get away from the Dallas-Fort Worth traffic” and because she loves trees. A 2007 graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce, she majored in news/editorial journalism and English literature.
Veigel started her journalism career as the staff writer for The Farmersville Times and later became news editor for The Times and The Princeton Herald, where she worked for 13 years.
Her community involvement includes supporting first responders. She was a photographer for the Farmersville Fire Department and served with the group Citizens Assisting Farmersville Police.
She is vice president of the North and East Texas Press Association and will chair the group’s next convention.
Harker graduated in 2018 from the University of Toledo with a degree in communications and a minor in women and gender studies. She worked at several Ohio newspapers, including the Toledo Journal and The Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio, before moving to Texas. She also worked at the Olean Times Herald in New York.

MICHAEL ACOSTA
Azle News, Springtown Epigraph

AZLE – Michael Acosta has assumed duties as editor of the Azle News and Springtown Epigraph.
He succeeds Mark Campbell, who is pursuing other writing projects after 27 years with the newspaper.
Publisher Kim Ware announced the appointment.
Acosta, who grew up in Fort Worth, has been sports editor and general assignment reporter for the Lake County Examiner in Lakeview, Ore., for the past two years. He is a 2016 graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.
Like Campbell, Acosta also serves as sports editor. He will cover all sports for Azle and Springtown, work with reporters to provide back-up news coverage and write a weekly column. He said he also hopes to expand the newspaper’s video coverage and social media presence.
“I have really big shoes to fill,” Acosta said. “My goal is to continue what (Campbell) built here and continue making us the best we can be.”

VALERIE REDDELL
Polk County Enterprise

LIVINGSTON – Valerie Reddell has returned to the editor position at the Polk County Enterprise.
Reddell will continue in her current roles as news director for the five newspapers produced by the Polk County Publishing Company and as editor of the San Jacinto News-Times, according to Kelli Barnes, general manager.
Reddell succeeds Greg Peak, who stepped away while dealing with a health issue and plans to return part time as news editor for the Enterprise.
Reddell served as editor of the Enterprise from 2009 to 2013, when she became publisher of the Gonzales Inquirer. She has also held newsroom roles for the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune, the Elgin Courier, the Tyler County Booster, the Angleton Times and The Facts in Clute. She has also written for the Houston Chronicle.

DAWN BURLEIGH
Orange Leader

ORANGE – Dawn Burleigh has been promoted to general manager of the Orange Leader.
Burleigh has been a reporter with the newspaper since December 2010 and editor since January 2015.
Previously, she worked in the production department for Triangle Press.
A 2008 business management graduate of Lamar University-Orange, Burleigh has 30 years experience in the newspaper industry, gaining experience in every facet of editorial, sales, production and distribution. 
She serves as a chamber ambassador and as a member of the Orange County Historical Commission. She is a member of the Orange First Church of the Nazarene and served as a Gift of Life Orange County Consortium member.
A native of Houston, Burleigh has lived in the Orangefield area for 19 years. 

CHRIS FILOTEO
The Karnes Countywide

KARNES CITY – Chris Filoteo is the new editor of the Karnes County-Wide, taking over from Bruce Harper, who retired.
A San Antonio native and graduate of St. Mary’s University, Filoteo began his career as sports editor for the El Campo Leader-News. He comes to the Karnes County-Wide from the Pleasanton Express, where he served as sports editor since 2013.
Citing health reasons, Harper announced his retirement in September as he introduced Filoteo to the community. 

KATIE MONTGOMERY SLOVER
Muenster Enterprise

MUENSTER – Katie Montgomery Slover has assumed duties as advertising director at the Muenster Enterprise, Lindsay Letter and Whitesboro News-Record. 
Group publisher Austin Letter announced the appointment.
Slover started her newspaper career with the Denton Record Chronicle in 2000 as an advertising assistant in the classified display department, moving up to advertising account executive. In addition to the Record-Chronicle, she sold advertising for several different A.H. Belo publications, including Lewisville News, Grapevine Sun and weeklies the were inserted into The Dallas Morning News. She was part of the advertising team that launched several other new publications as well as website ads, direct mail and mobile ad campaigns.
She later served as advertising director for Lemons Publications, including the Krum News, Sanger News and the Denton Business Journal.