Alvin Holley

Alvin Holley, publisher of the Polk County Enterprise and incoming president of Texas Press Association (summer 2000), was inducted into the Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2008. Holley believes he received his best education 50 years ago when he sold newspapers on the streets of Corsicana. That’s where he began his newspaper career in 1950 […]

Frank Baker

Frank K. Baker, 107th president, was a second-generation newspaperman and the second member of his family to serve as Texas Press Association president. His father, George Baker, served from 1962-63. Born in San Angelo on May 12, 1934, Baker’s parents were in the transition from Sonora to Fort Stockton at the time. His father had […]

Frank Bennack, Jr.

Frank A. Bennack, Jr. is the chief executive officer of Hearst Corporation, one of the nation’s largest private companies engaged in a broad range of publishing, broadcasting, cable networking and diversified communications activities. He is in his second tenure as CEO and in his first, served as Hearst’s CEO for more than 23 years. He […]

Jeanne and Joe Samuels

      Joe Samuels died Jan. 19, 2011 at the age of 95. Read a tribute to him at his publication, the Jewish Herald Voice: Tribute to Joe Samuels The following interview took place at the Texas Press Association’s mid-winter convention, almost exactly one year before Joe’s death. Read the transcript below or listen […]

Jerry Tidwell

Jerry Tidwell, TPA’s 119th president, graduated from Andrews High School in 1963, along with fellow Texas newspaper publishers and Texas Press Association past presidents Roy McQueen and Larry Crabtree. Tidwell majored in management and graduated from Texas Christian University in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduation, he worked for four years […]

Jim Chionsini

  Dec. 29, 2010, Schleicher County, Texas.   I’m Jim Chionsini. I was born May 19, 1946, and I started in the newspaper business on March 2, 1970, for Mr.    Les    Daughtry in Galveston, Texas.  And, who I had met the previous week on the golf course, and I was hanging out  there  because […]

Ken Towery

Ken Towery was born in Smithville, Miss. south of Tupelo. His family moved to Texas when he was one. He was in the military and attended Texas A&M, but he contracted tuberculosis and was forced to find work. He became a reporter and eventually managing editor for The Cuero Daily Record as well as the […]

Larry Jackson

Larry Jackson is the  editor and publisher of the Fayette County Record. For the past 15 years Jackson has been editor and general manager of the Wharton Journal-Spectator and vice president of River Publishers, which owns the Journal-Spectator and East Bernard Express. Jackson was president of Texas Press Association in 1999-2000 and is the current […]

Lynn Brisendine

Lynn Brisendine, publisher of The Brownfield News and Seminole Sentinel, recently celebrated 50 years in the newspaper business. Brisendine, 60, is a past president of Texas Press Association (2000-01), West Texas Press Association (1985) and Panhandle Press Association (1979). Born in Amarillo, he grew up in Hereford, graduating from Hereford High School in 1965. He […]

Mac McKinnon

Mac McKinnon is the publisher and editor of The Dublin Citizen in Dublin, Texas. After a year of college, he joined the military. After a brief stint overseas, he joined the Army’s information department writing military history. Upon returning to civilian life, he enrolled at TCU and went to work for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram […]