Chris Cobler

Chris Cobler, Publisher and Editor, Victoria Advocate.

Victoria Advocate Editor and Publisher Chris Cobler is being honored with a national prize for commentary writing.

Cobler won second place in the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize contest for a series of editorials about the Calhoun Port Authority violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act when it hired disgraced former congressman Blake Farenthold to be its first full-time lobbyist. Contest judges called the commentary “extremely compelling.”

“Excellent example of how a newspaper should tackle an issue like that,” the judges wrote. “The editorials demonstrated that the paper thoroughly investigated the issue from multiple different angles. It also served as a call to action to the public.”

The Carmage Walls awards are being presented in Chicago during an annual conference Sunday-Tuesday of the newly combined Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and Inland Press Association.

The prize is named for the late Benjamin Carmage Walls, whose newspaper career spanned seven decades. Walls primarily owned community newspapers and advocated strong, courageous and positive editorial page leadership.

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Glenn Wilson

Patrick - "...went on entirely too long." sounds as if its over now, but it's far from over. If the VA weren't still blowing the whistle about the airport's post-Harvey repair contract fiasco it would have quietly dropped out of sight by now, and it may yet for all the attention it's not getting from the authorities, who are likely part of the network themselves. The drumbeat must continue, and louder, or they will win.

Patrick Barnes

Glad you kept the fire to their feet. The corruption of the "good ole" boy" network went on entirely too long.

Patrick Barnes


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