Cooke named publisher of Fredericksburg weekly
FREDERICKSBURG— Ken Esten Cooke, a fourth-generation newspaper owner and former publisher of The Ro c kd ale Reporte r, has been named editor and publisher of the Fred- ericksburg Standard- Radio Post this week.
The sa le of the Standard- Radio Post to Moser Communications Media of Brenham was announced this week by Terry Collier, president of Fredericksburg Publishing Company, Inc. Cooke will take on the duties formerly held by publisher Terry Collier and editor Cathy Collier.
“The Cooke family has known the Colliers for decades and are inspired by what they have built in Fredericksburg,” Cooke said. “ They have put together a great team, and I believe we will continue their tradition of having an excellent community newspaper.”
Cooke joined his family paper’s staff in 1995 as a reporter, working under his parents Bill and Peggy Cooke. He also worked as a website designer, photographer, general manager and publisher.
“I have visited Fredericksburg many times, and I look forward to channeling its energy into the paper,” Cooke said. “In Rockdale, we have a similar operation to what is here in Freder icksburg, w ith family ownership and quality, longtime employees. I am excited to get back into the community newspaper business, and to do it in such a vibrant and unique market as Fredericksburg.”
Acquisition of the Standard- Radio Post brings to nine the number of Moser Communications Media family of newspapers whose president Jim Moser is himself a two- generation small town newspaperman. He served as advertising manager, assistant publisher and publisher at daily and weekly newspapers around the state before beginning Moser Communit y Med ia in 2005 . His father Charles Moser was editor and publisher of the Brenham Banner-Press for 40 years.
Other MCM newspapers are located in Edna, Yorktown, Cuero, Hearne, Mexia, Meridian, Clifton and Fairfield.
“Of all the prospective newspaper ow ners in Texas, Jim Moser has been—from the start — our top choice, and we are extremely grateful to place the Standard-Radio Post into his capable hands,” Collier said. “On top of that, I can’t think of anyone else that I would rather see guiding this award-winning public at ion on a day- to - day basis than Ken Esten Cooke.”
Cooke has a business degree from Concordia University in Austin and is enrolled in the Master of Science in Publishing program at UH-Victoria.
He and wife Christine have two sons, Esten, age 11, and William, age 9.