“We’re thrilled to be adding to our team,” said Konni Burton, founder and CEO of The Texan. “This enables us to continue to provide what so many are yearning for — objective, relevant journalism that respects the worldview of Texans.”
McConnell worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and went on to become a cyber security consultant. Friend is an author and recently finished his degree in political science from Azusa Pacific University. His reporting with The Texan has already spanned a range of issues, including a developing story about controversial actions by Child Protective Services that is being followed by parents throughout the state.
“Each of these new employees will expand the breadth and depth of content we’re able to produce,” said Senior Editor Drew White. “Our staff has been producing a phenomenal volume of work, but there is so much more we want to do.”
Sara White served as communications director for State Representative Tony Tinderholt in the 86th Legislative Session. Her experience spans several campaigns, including former Senator Konni Burton’s. As outreach director, White will work directly with Burton to continue spreading the word about The Texan through speaking engagements and appearances.
These hires come just over two months since the launch of The Texan. In that time, the outlet has garnered statewide and national attention, accumulated thousands of followers on social media, and published its first exclusive breaking news stories.
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Ben Billups is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. After earning his degree in Economics from Thomas Edison State University, he served as a policy analyst for Texas’ 85th Legislature and later operated an outlet for veteran investigative journalists. Ben is a native Texan, an award-winning filmmaker, and actively competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.