Hawkins named publisher of Brownfield News

BROWNFIELD – Christy Hawkins has become publisher of the Brownfield News, succeeding former editor and publisher Brian Brisendine, who is now executive director of the Brownfield Industrial Development Corp.
Hawkins is also publisher of the Seminole Sentinel, where she succeeded the late Lynn Brisendine two years ago. She has been with the company for 23 years. 
The announcement was made by Blake Roberts of the Roberts Publishing Group.

News-Telegram welcomes new publisher Clark Smith

SULPHUR SPRINGS – Clark Smith is the new publisher of the News-Telegram, succeeding interim publisher Don Moore.
Moore said Smith is a newspaper veteran with experience in every phase of the industry.
Smith came to Sapphire Springs from Mena, Arkansas, where he was publisher of the Mena Star. 
Previously, he was a group publisher for the Liberty Group, overseeing six newspapers in Arkansas and Louisiana. 

Keven Todd joins Lufkin Daily News as publisher

LUFKIN – Keven Todd is the new publisher of the Lufkin Daily News.
Southern Newspapers Inc. President Dolph Tillotson noted that “Todd is a very experienced newspaper man who has run newspapers that are similar in size and mission to The Lufkin News.”
Todd has more than 40 years experience in the newspaper industry. 

Hall of Fame, TPA award nominations due Oct. 15

Deadline is approaching for nominations to the Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame and for annual TPA awards, including the Golden 50 Award, the Mayborn Award and the Hartman Award for Excellence in Sports Writing.
The Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame exists to honor dedicated Texas professionals who made a difference in their local communities, raised journalistic standards, then encouraged and inspired others. 

Lawmakers warn more open government battles ahead

Open government successes of the 86th Texas Legislature were reviewed with an eye toward future battles during a legislative panel at the Freedom of information Foundation of Texas annual FOI conference.
Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, and First Amendment attorney J.T. Richards were on the panel moderated by FOIFT Vice President Arif Panju.

Texas Bar Association presents Gavel Awards

The State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee announced the winners of the 2019 Texas Gavel Awards during the recent Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas John Henry Faulk awards luncheon. 
Presenting the awards were Martha Dickie, past president of the State Bar of Texas, and Julie Doss of the State Bar public affairs committee.
The Gavel Awards honor journalism that deepens public understanding of the legal system.
• Online-only Category: Emma Platoff, The Texas Tribune

Brisendine to lead Brownfield economic development efforts

BROWNFIELD – Brian Brisendine is the new executive director of the Brownfield Industrial Development Corp.
His late father was among the founders of the  organization, which serves as the city’s driver of economic development, funded by a half-cent sales tax.
Brisendine had been editor of the Brownfield News since 2008 and publisher since 2017. He resigned Sept. 25 to assume his new position Oct. 1.