The Brownwood Bulletin has an addition to its family as Jerry Pye is the new publisher.
Pye, a newspaper veteran with more than 30 years of experience in the business, began his first full day on the job Monday.
“I am happy to be in Brownwood and look forward to being part of the community,” Pye said. “In today’s world of multi-media platforms, newspapers have a lot to offer to our readers and advertisers, be it in print, the web or mobile. I believe that newspapers are perfectly positioned to offer the news and advertising to our readers. The Bulletin is the community’s newspaper and we want your input and comments on what has value to you, our readers.”
Pye has worked in all aspects of the newspaper business including advertising, editorial and circulation and has overseen the operations of multiple newspapers. Pye has managed newspapers of the daily — both morning and afternoon — and weekly variety. This includes newspapers with paid circulations from 2,400 to 14,000, and those publications have a record of winning numerous industry awards in advertising, news and photography, including General Excellence, during Pye’s tenure.
“I look forward to working with Jerry to improve and create products that the community expects,” said Jeff Parra, Southwest regional manager for American Consolidated Media, the parent company of the Brownwood Bulletin. “I know Jerry is eager to meet the citizens, community leaders and help our local businesses thrive and grow.”
Pye has served as president of several local civic organizations including the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce and Lion’s Club. As publisher of the Freeport Journal-Standard in Freeport, Ill., the newspaper helped rebuild the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Site explaining the historical impact of the debate site. As part of giving back to the newspaper industry, Pye has served as President of the Northwest Missouri Press Association and President-Elect of the Louisiana Press Association.
“I have been active in each community that I have lived in and it is my belief that newspapers should give back to the community,” Pye said. “Ruby and I look forward to being a part of the community.”
Pye is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a B.S. in Business Management. He and his wife, Ruby, have three children. Among his hobbies are photography, fishing and the outdoors. He and Ruby are natives of Louisiana and enjoy Cajun cooking.
Pye is also publisher of the Stephenville Empire-Tribune and the Glen Rose Reporter.