Fisher named editor in Corpus Christi

Mon, August 21, 2000 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Deborah W. Fisher, managing editor of the Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times, has been named vice president and editor of the newspaper effective Sept. 1.Fisher, 34, succeeds Larry L. Rose, who earlier this month was named president and publisher of the Caller-Times. The Caller-Times is owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company.“Deborah is an incredibly fast-learning, instinctive journalist and effective leader,” said Alan M. Horton, senior vice president of newspapers for Scripps. “She knows and loves Corpus Christi, and makes certain her staff learns more every day about the community and its richly diverse population. She’ll be a terrific editor."Fisher was business editor of the newspaper immediately prior to her appointment as managing editor in 1997.During her tenure, the Caller-Times has won several awards, including the Dallas Press Club’s 1999 Best Medium/Small Market Daily Newspaper; and first place, Business News Story in 1998. The newspaper has won Best in Business for its business section from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 1998, 1997 and 1996.“Deborah Fisher is a special leader who adds value to any assignment,” said Rose. “That’s why she was asked to lead our most important initiatives during the past three years while running the day-to-day operation of the news department. She’s adept at a broad range of issues, understands technology and approaches her work with considerable energy and creativity. Deborah demands quality, is fair and persistent, and gets results.”Fisher joined the Caller-Times in 1992 as a business reporter. From 1992-97, she was night city editor, day city editor, assistant business editor, and then was appointed business editor. Before joining the Caller-Times she was a reporter from 1989-92 at the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise, where she covered business, county government, education and courts.From 1988-89 she was a reporter for the Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph where she wrote features, food columns and society news.Fisher is an honors graduate of Baylor University. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a concentration in business. She also is a graduate of the Scripps Leadership Institute.The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, cable television programming and interactive media. Scripps operates 20 daily newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations and three cable television networks, with plans to launch a fourth.Scripps cable television network brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, Do It Yourself, and Fine Living, scheduled to launch in the second half of 2001.The company also operates Scripps Howard News Service, United Media, the worldwide licensing and syndication home of PEANUTS and DILBERT, and 31 Web sites, including hgtv.com, foodtv.com, diynet.com and comics.com.