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Fenice names Scott Coleman publisher, Chief Operating Officer

Fenice Community Media Group founder and President Brandi Chionsini has named Scott Coleman publisher of the Hill Country News and Chief Operating Officer of Fenice Community Media, effective immediately.

Coleman, 45, has served as interim publisher at the Cedar Park-based Hill Country News since February and was previously sports editor and then managing editor of the newspaper from 2011 to 2014. He left the Hill Country News to join Granite Publications as Director of Special Projects and served in that role until returning to the Hill Country News in February. 

“I’m excited to have Scott on board as publisher,” Chionsini said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, not only about the news business but also about Cedar Park and Leander. Under his leadership, I know HCN is going to accomplish great things.”

Coleman began as a newspaper carrier for his hometown Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News at eight years of age, returning to that paper while attending Auburn University to work in customer service and then as a circulation district manager. He later served in management roles at the Cordele (Ga.) Dispatch and the Greenwood (Miss.) Commonwealth before joining Boone Newspapers, where he was circulation director and assisted with group circulation operations based at the Selma (Ala.) Times-Journal. He was later circulation sales and marketing director at the Corpus Christi (Tex.) Caller-Times and after a break from the industry, Coleman served as editor and publisher of the Coastal Bend Business News in Corpus Christi. Along the way, he covered sports and learned photography, developing a passion for both. 

During an 11-year break from the newspaper industry, Coleman joined Texas-based staffing services firm L.K. Jordan & Associates as marketing director and was later named general manager in Austin. In 2004, Coleman left L.K. Jordan to form Focus1 HR Group, a full service human resources outsourcing service firm that grew to employ more than 1,500 people in dozens of locations across Texas before its largest operating division was sold in 2010.

About the Hill Country News

The Hill Country News is a suburban community newspaper that, along with its website and various magazines and supplemental publications, serves the northwest suburban Austin communities of Cedar Park and Leander, along with portions of Round Rock, Austin, Jonestown and Lago Vista.

About Fenice Community Media

Based in Cedar Park, Texas, privately-owned Fenice Community Media Group operates five Texas newspapers: The Fort Stockton Pioneer, Gonzales Inquirer, the Hill Country News, Madisonville Meteor, and the Sealy News. Founded in April 2017 by longtime newspaper executive Brandi Chionsini, FCM also publishes a number of lifestyle and other magazines and offers advertisers a variety of products and services to reach its diverse audiences.


Scott Coleman
Fenice Community Media Group
(512) 259-4449

Scott Coleman