Lee Hartman, a third generation member of a Texas newspaper family, has been named editor and publisher of the Fort Bend Herald, according to Clyde C. King Jr., president of Hartman Newspapers, L.P.
Hartman, 50, is starting his 26th year at The Herald, having worked in the pressroom, as an assistant photographer, an advertising sales representative and as general manager before assuming the editor and publisher’s job.
“Lee basically grew up at The Herald and has worked in all phases of the business,” King said. “We’re delighted to see him take on his new responsibility.”
He is the grandson of the late Fred Hartman, who was editor and publisher of The Baytown Sun for 37 years.
Lee’s dad, Bill, was editor and publisher of the Beaumont Enterprise and Journal from 1970 until 1974 when he established Hartman Newspapers, Inc., a Texas-based community newspaper company, which included the Richmond-Rosenberg Herald-Coaster.
Hartman is a native of Baytown and attended school in Beaumont before moving to Richmond in 1977. He is a 1985 graduate of Lamar Consolidated and attended Baylor University from 1985 until 1990 on a golf scholarship. After college he played on the Jordan and Texas professional golf tours for two years.
He is married to Shannon Kelley Hartman and they have two children, Drew, a freshman at TCU, and Kate, a junior at George Ranch High School. They live in Greatwood.
Hartman Newspapers is a family company that owns and manages 12 newspaper and printing companies.