Veteran Texas newspaperman Greg Shrader, editor and publisher of The Lufkin News, was elected the 136th president of Texas Press Association.
Shrader, 60, assumed the post at TPA’s summer meeting in Houston XX June 2013.
“It is a privilege to continue to serve the newspaper industry in Texas. I think it’s a viable industry and I want to make sure I do everything I can to continue that,” Shrader said.
Shrader began his 39-year journalism career at the Houston Chronicle. Since then he has worked at the Bryan-College Station Eagle, the Abilene Reporter-News, the Galveston County Daily News, the Kerrville Daily Times and the Lufkin Daily News. In addition to his duties in Lufkin, he serves as vice president of Southern Newspapers, Inc. and assists in management of the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel.
A priority for Shrader is maintaining the identity of TPA, the majority of whose members are weekly newspapers, while encouraging expanded involvement by the state’s daily papers after the Texas Daily Newspaper Association ceased operations last winter. Shrader noted that Texas’ daily and weekly newspapers shared governmental affairs initiatives for years, and the transition to one unified press association has been extremely smooth.
Shrader was born October 5, 1952, at Fort Hood, Bell County, Texas. A graduate of Pasadena High School, he received a bachelor of science in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and followed with a master of arts in journalism in 1982.
Shrader is a past president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and Texas Newspaper Advertising Managers Association. He is a past recipient of the Frank Mayborn Award for Community Service, a prestigious civic leadership award bestowed by the press association.
Shrader is president of the Lufkin Salvation Army board and also serves on the boards of the Lufkin Convention and Tourism Bureau, Angelina County United Way and East Texas Crisis Council. He is also a board member of The Admiral Nimitz Foundation that operates the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Shrader has been married to his wife, Laura, for 39 years. They have two children, Travis, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and Virginia Tamplen, a graduate of Texas Tech University at Lubbock.