Brown takes over as publisher of The Star-Herald


Joseph Brown, who has spent the past two years working at an East Texas daily newspaper, has been named the new publisher and editor of The Star-Herald.

Brown, who began Monday morning, was most recently the city editor at The Paris News in Paris, Texas. He replaces former publisher James Phillips, who recently took the same role at The Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper, Alabama.
“I am extremely excited to be in Kosciusko,” Brown said. “The Star-Herald has become one of the top weekly newspapers in Mississippi and I hope to continue its great reputation.”
Throughout his career Brown has worked at almost every position in a newspaper. He began his career in 2008 as a sports editor and photographer at his hometown paper in Dover, Arkansas. He later became the advertising director for the newspaper parent company Atkins Chronicle Inc.
Brown made the transition to a daily newspaper in 2014, when he became the assistant sports editor at The Paris News. In January he was promoted to city editor.
Brown, a 2013 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, becomes the youngest publisher among the 27 publications that make up Emmerich Newspapers. He has won multiple awards from the Arkansas Press Association and North and East Texas Press Association.
“The newspaper industry still has great importance to small-town America,” Brown added. “I am looking forward to working with the great staff at The Star-Herald and continue to provide great local content to our loyal readers.”
"Leaving Kosciusko was a difficult decision," Phillips said. "Our family fell in love with the community and its people during our three years in the area. We have made some friendships that will last for a lifetime, and Kosciusko will always be considered our second home."
Phillips is originally from the Jasper area.
"Taking over my hometown is an opportunity that I could not pass up," Phillips added. "It has been a career goal of mine to be able to lead the Daily Mountain Eagle. I will surely miss Kosciusko and expect The Star-Herald to continue to grow and be successful under its new leadership."