Kris Worrell

Kris Worrell

Managing Editor at Beaumont Enterprise

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Location:
702 S.Wheeler, Jasper, Texas, United States
HQ Phone:
(409) 384-3441

General Information

Experience

Executive Vice President of Development and Public Affairs  - Northeast Parent & Child Society Inc

Assistant Managing Editor for Features  - Times Union

Journalist  - Syracuse Herald Journal

Education

Bachelor's of Science degree  - Education , 

Masters degree  - magazine journalism , S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University

bachelor's degree  - English literature , University of Virginia

master's degree  - magazine journalism , Syracuse University's Newhouse School

Affiliations

Diversity Committee Chair  - American Association of Sunday and Features Editors

Member and and Or Coach  - Women's Open Adirondack Soccer Team

Recent News  

Kris Worrell named editor of Utica Observer Dispatch
Kris Worrell, with many years' experience at newspapers in Syracuse and Albany, has returned to Upstate New York as editor of the Observer-Dispatch. She started on Tuesday, according to Donna M. Donovan, president and publisher of the O-D/uticaod.com. Donovan said Worrell was selected after an extensive nationwide search. "Kris stood out for her outstanding experience, a deep commitment to community journalism and a love of Upstate New York." Worrell was managing editor at a Hearst newspaper, the Beaumont Enterprise in Beaumont, Texas. She previously worked at Hearst's Times-Union in Albany for seven years, starting as an arts and features writer, and progressing to assistant managing editor. "I'm thrilled to be joining the Observer-Dispatch, which has a great history of journalism and community service," Worrell said. "My husband and I are really looking forward to returning to New York. It's both familiar and new - an exciting combination." Worrell said she sees Utica as a vibrant area, home to a diverse community. She said she wants to ensure that the publication continues to bring important stories to readers. "I think there's a lot of great talent in the newsroom and passion for what you all do every day," Worrell said. "I think there's room for improvement in terms of the variety of the types of stories we provide and possibly the depth in some of the community coverage." Worrell also has worked at the Atlanta (Ga.) Journal-Constitution as a reporter and special projects editor, at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., and at the Herald-Journal in Syracuse. She received her bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Virginia, and her master's degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's Newhouse School. As managing editor of the Beaumont Enterprise for the past three years, Worrell oversaw the news operation, including the website and daily newspaper. She led the newsroom through coverage of Hurricane Ike in 2008, gathering her staff in a parking garage to post stories and photos to their website after the printing operation was knocked off line for six days. "I came in trying to get people to understand the urgency of the Web," Worrell said. "Nothing will hammer that message home more than not having a print product." Worrell, who volunteers as a Girl Scout troop leader in Beaumont, will be relocating to the Mohawk Valley with her husband and their two children.

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