E-T staff writer Autumn Owens has been promoted to news editor.

Owens joined the editorial team in June 2014 as a staff writer covering the Stephenville Independent School District, courts and the police beat. She graduated from Tarleton State University in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

“Autumn is extremely talented and a pleasure to work with,” said Managing Editor Sara Vanden Berge. “She has a strong passion for community journalism and I am excited to watch her grow into her new role as the department’s news editor.”

Owens’ new responsibilities will include taking on a greater role in the editing process and managing the E-T’s print and online publications. She will continue to cover SISD.

"Over the past two years I have had the privilege to meet some amazing people in this community and grow close to the great team we have here at the Empire-Tribune,” Owens said. “I feel honored to receive this promotion and am excited to help contribute to the continued success of this newspaper."

Owens can be reached at aowens@empiretribune.com.