Advocate editor wins state award for community leadership
Victoria Advocate Editor Chris Cobler was recognized for his community involvement during Saturday's Texas Press Association's annual newspaper contest awards ceremony in Houston.
He received the Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership, which is awarded to a newspaper executive who contributed most significantly to society during the past year.
Cobler was also recognized for his promotion of community journalism.
"This award truly belongs to the Advocate, which has taken seriously its role as a community leader for 167 years," Cobler said. "I am honored to be part of this tradition."
Cobler, who has been editor of the Advocate for six years, is a founding member of the VISD Education Foundation, served on the scholarship committee for the Victoria Tennis Association and is secretary for the Victoria West High School Tennis Booster Club.
He also serves as treasurer of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and as a board member of the National Associated Press Media Editors.
He also received the 2008 Texas Daily Newspapers Association's Editorial Achievement Award. He participated in a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University from 2005-06.
When it comes to communicating with the community, he is connected by Facebook and Twitter or in person at community events.
"Whether it is moderating a Habitat for Humanity event with Bethany Hamilton, holding a town hall meeting on newspaper credibility or posting video from a local high school football game, the community looks to Chris, his team and our newspaper to be connected to and informed about our community," wrote Advocate Publisher Dan Easton in his nomination letter.
Cobler received a plaque and designated the University of Texas at Austin to receive a $3,000 scholarship award. The university will award the scholarship to a student.
Advocate President John Roberts received the Mayborn award in 2008.