Trow Named ‘Huntsville Item’ Managing Editor

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By: E&P Staff

Lisa Trow, former journalist and a communications consultant based in Austin, has rejoined The Huntsville (Texas) Item as managing editor. She supervises a staff of six full-time journalists and will report on public policy and other issues affecting Huntsville and Walker County.

The Aug. 8 Item quoted Publisher Dennis Garrison saying, “Lisa brings great experience, but more important, she’s not a stranger. She has history here in the area and in Huntsville.” Trow’s family has lived in the area since the late 1800s.

“As urban newspapers struggle to compete with multiple sources of national and international news and information, community newspapers continue to be the best, most accessible sources of local news,” Trow said.

The Item conducted a three-month search for an editor to replace Jay Ermis, who left in April to pursue other interests.

This is Trow’s third stint at the Item. She was city hall, police and prison reporter, city editor and managing editor during the 1980s under four publishers. After working for the Austin American-Statesman and another Cox newspaper in the Phoenix area, Trow returned to the Item as managing editor until 1998. Since then, she has served as editor and public information adviser to the professional and executive staffs of the Texas Department of Transportation, Southwest Research Institute, in San Antonio, and the Lower Colorado River Authority, in Austin.

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