Last Updated: Dec 13th, 2017 - 14:32:56

Wright named News-Press publisher
Dec 13, 2017, 09:36

Veteran publisher of The Moore County News-Press Wanda Brooks has been named publisher emeritus of the publication. Former managing editor, Michael Wright, is assuming the role of publisher, drawing on his 21 years of industry experience, including 13 years with The Moore County News-Press.
The Moore County News-Press’ Michael Wright and Wanda Brooks are pictured with Charles Lancaster, far right, Jeff Selsor, second from right, and John Lancaster, left, following the Michael being named publisher and Wanda being named publisher emeritus.

Wanda began her 23-year career with the News-Press as office manager in 1994. She served in that capacity until being promoted to publisher of the News-Press in February of 2008.

“My husband, Gary, retired four years ago,” Wanda said. “We have a bucket list of places we would like to visit and things we would like to do while we’re still able to do so.”

She says it is with that thought in mind that she made the decision to retire.

“I have truly enjoyed my time with the News-Press,” Wanda said. “I value the friendships I have made along the way, and I am proud to have been able to work with so many wonderful people in Moore County.”

Under her direction, the News-Press continued its award-winning standard of journalism all while keeping the needs of Moore County readers and advertisers first and foremost. Wanda is confident the News-Press will continue that tradition of excellence under Wright’s leadership.

Michael came to Dumas in November of 2004, which is when he assumed the role of sports editor. He held that title until 2006 when he was named News-Press managing editor by former publisher, Larry Reynolds.

Prior to his arrival in Dumas, Michael served in various capacities at newspapers in both the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. He began his newspaper career in May of 1996 as sports editor of the Borger News-Herald. He also served as editor and publisher of that publication, as well as publisher of the Guymon Daily Herald in Guymon, Oklahoma.

“I have spent almost half of my life working for community newspapers,” Michael said. “I guess you could say I’ve got ink in my veins.”

While reflecting on the past 13 years at the News-Press, Michael says he has gained a lot of knowledge from his time working with Wanda, and he is honored and humbled to have the opportunity to assume the role of publisher.

He says he is ready to utilize that knowledge and, along with his team, deliver a quality product that benefits both the News-Press’ readers and its advertisers.

“We have some exciting things in the works for 2018,” Michael said. “We can’t wait for you to see what’s in store.”