Our newspaper staff
Publisher – Jon Awbrey
Jon grew up in the west Texas town of Brownfield, but has made the Proctor Lake area his home for the past several years. Jon came to the Free Press after experience as a marketing research editor in Lubbock, a journalism teacher in Big Lake, and a newspaper staff writer in Dublin. His reporting and feature writing has been recognized by the Texas Press Association, North and East Texas Press Association, the West Texas Press Association, and the International Reading Association.
Editor – Laura Kestner
Laura is a journalist with much experience and a long list of credentials, having worked in responsible positions for several newspapers in the area. She and her husband, John, who is a newspaper pressman, live in De Leon. Laura is an accomplished writer and history buff.
Office Manager – Kay Hodges
Kay has the longest tenure with our newspaper, having been here since February of 1999. Kay is our creative person on staff. She builds our local ads and also works on newspaper layout, and then is responsible for compiling and sending the electronic files for printing.
Advertising – Betty Wofford
Betty grew up in the Duster community west of De Leon and has lived and worked in De Leon all her life. For many years she ran the Blossom Shop and is often referred to by the locals as "Miss Blossom". She calls on area businesses and individuals and assists them with their advertising and community support efforts.
Production – Monica Segura
Monica, the newest addition to the Free Press, was born and raised in DeLeon. She graduated DeLeon High School in 2005, then received her Associates degree in 2007 from Cisco Junior College. She is currently working on her Bachelors degree in Communications, Public Relations/Journalism from Tarleton State University.
Staff Writer – Sarah Briscoe
A recent arrival in DeLeon, Sarah is a native of Brownfield, Texas. She is a Lubbock Christian University alumna, where she majored in Spanish. Although new to journalism, her work has already appeared in a number of central Texas newspapers.