Burleson Star adds assistant managing editor
Howdy, Burleson! I am Bethann Coldiron, the newest member of the Burleson Star team. As the assistant managing editor, what will my role be? Well, in a world where newspaper staffs are growing smaller and smaller, I’ll be doing a little bit of everything. However, my specialties lie in reporting and newspaper design. Yes, believe it or not there is an art to how your weekly paper is laid out. It’s sort of like doing a giant puzzle, but I also have to keep in mind the readability of the paper.
I am a Fort Worth native who graduated from Weatherford College with an A.A.S. in equine science, then went to Tarleton State University – go Texans! There, I earned a B.S. in communications with an emphasis on journalism.
Journalism found me by accident. I had actually transferred to TSU to pursue a degree in agricultural communications. However, my first semester, I took a required news writing class and I was hooked. I joined the dark side, changed my major and never looked back.
I’ve always been a great writer, but being a journalist came very naturally. I had two wonderful, Pulitzer prize-winning journalists as professors at TSU, so I truly learned from the best. These professors had such an impact on my life, I even consider them family. We still talk almost weekly.
I have worked in many different facets of journalism. While in college, I was lucky enough to work for an NPR-affiliated radio station, where I had a weekly current events show. I interviewed many wonderful people, but by far, my favorite interview was Texas legend Kinky Friedman. I was so excited to meet him, even though our interview was on the phone, that I was breathless for the first five minutes we talked.
I have mostly worked in print journalism and have written stories on everything from bank robberies and Chihuahua beauty contests to the capital murder trial of Eddie Ray Routh – the man convicted of killing “American Sniper” Chris Kyle. Needless to say, there isn’t much that scares me.
When I’m not chasing stories, I like to spend time with my two horses, hang out with my dogs and, of course, spend quality time with my loving husband. Unfortunately, the horses and husband do not often mix, but he does come cheer me on at shows as I come from an equestrian background and show in ranch classes on the Appaloosa circuit.
I am so excited and honored to be working for the Burleson Star. My goal is to bring the community truly great, reliable journalism and a newspaper that Burleson can be proud of.
Thank you for supporting your local newspaper. Without your support, there would be no hometown Burleson news.
Should you wish to send me a news tip, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or, come by the paper’s office. My door is always open.