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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:00 am

Eagle publisher Jim Wilson has been named to the same post at the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Wilson, who served in Bryan-College Station for five years, will be replaced by Crystal Dupre, publisher of the Star in Meridian, Miss. She will report to Wilson in her new position. Both appointments are effective Sept. 10.

Midlands Newspapers Inc. - a subsidiary of the Omaha World-Herald Co., which purchased The Eagle earlier this summer - made the announcement this morning.

"We are pleased and fortunate to have Crystal join our company and for Jim to assume additional responsibility within our ranks," said Terry Kroeger, president and CEO of the Omaha World-Herald Co. "Both are very strong publishers with great accomplishments within our industry."

Dupre, who has an MBA from Mississippi State, said she's excited about the opportunity to come to a "growing community with a great university like Texas A&M." "The Eagle is an established leader in Texas journalism and is the community's primary information source. I look forward to meeting our readers and advertisers, and contributing to our success in Bryan-College Station," said Dupre, who worked as an advertising manager and director before becoming a publisher in 2002.

She has served as president of Meridian Rotary, as a foundation board member for the Mississippi Press Association, on the Deans Advisory Board at Mississippi State's Meridian campus and on the board of Meridian Little Theatre. She also served on the United Way of East Mississippi's board and Salvation Army board.

Wilson - who has been in the journalism business for 33 years, including a stint as an Eagle advertising manager in the 80s - has worked at a few of the state's largest newspapers, including the San Antonio Express-News and the Dallas Morning News.

"While leaving the day-to-day operations at The Eagle will be tough for me, I'm very excited to be taking the reins at the Waco Tribune-Herald," Wilson said, adding that he, too, looks forward to meeting readers and advertisers while offering his leadership to help continue the success Waco and its newspaper have enjoyed. "Going from one top-notch local media company to another is a privilege and I am very excited to get started."

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