Starting Monday, the Seguin Gazette will welcome a familiar face to the newsroom, and say “farewell” to its managing editor.
Managing Editor Travis Webb is slated to take the helm of the Kerrville Daily Times as its managing editor, with Chris Lykins set to fill the spot as Editor of the Seguin Gazette.
“Travis has been an amazing asset to our newsroom, he is an award-winning journalist and is extremely dedicated to his family, his staff and putting out the best products he can,” Seguin Gazette General Manager Elizabeth Engelhardt said. “We will miss Travis immensely, but wish him all the best on his new endeavors in Kerrville”
Webb made the move from his role as assistant managing editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in August 2016.
During his tenure with the Gazette, he’s earned several awards including the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize, Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Division A STAAR Designer of the Year 2018 and first place headline writing for Texas Press Association.
“It’s always bittersweet to leave behind a community, or a team of talented co-workers. I will dearly miss the rich history and colorful characters of Seguin — not to mention the friends we’ve made here during the past two years,” he said. “But it’s also exciting to begin a new adventure. And, in this case, I can go knowing the Gazette is in excellent hands. What can I say: It’s been real.”
Following the announcement of Webb’s departure, Engelhardt tapped Lykins to step in and pick up where he left off.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring Chris back to the Gazette,” she said. “He also is an award-winning journalist that brings with him a vast knowledge and a lot of experience in the industry, as well as strong social media presence, which he began here. Our team, the community and his loyal Facebook followers could not be more excited that Chris is back. We expect great things in the coming months.”
After 16 years with the Gazette — 11 of which he served as managing editor — in December 2014 Lykins left to head up the editorial department at the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, as managing editor. From there he made an even bigger name for himself and gathered a following at the San Antonio Express-News as the social media producer for ExpressNews.com, writing long-form weather posts.
After his four-year stint away from the Gazette, Lykins said he is ready to jump back into the community.
“I’m looking forward to coming back to Seguin. It’s the place where I got my professional start, and it’s a community I’ve always felt close to,” he said. “There’s been a lot of excitement since I’ve been gone — a new high school, a new library. I can’t wait to settle back in and reconnect with the readers.”