Fort Worth is about to get a new magazine, a groundbreaking local business publication called FWB CEO, courtesy of the Fort Worth Business Press and its parent company DRC Media.
Paul K. Harral, a journalist in Fort Worth for three decades, has signed on as editor of FWB CEO and will spearhead the June launch of the magazine, which will fill a gap in news coverage of area CEOs and other top business executives.
Harral also will serve as associate editor of the Fort Worth Business Press, joining a newsroom management team that is headed by Editor Robert Francis and also includes veteran journalist Bill Thompson.
“Luck beats careful planning,” said Richard L. Connor, chairman of DRC Media. “I have had a longtime goal of working again with Paul Harral and the timing of this was serendipitous. We scheduled the launch date of our magazine two months ago and suddenly Paul was available.”
“When I was publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul helped us build it into one of the country’s best daily and Sunday newspapers,” said Connor. “Then he made his mark bringing quality journalism to a city magazine. What a perfect match for us. And now we have the three best editors in Fort Worth all under one roof.”
Harral held many executive level positions at the Star-Telegram, including vice president and editor of the editorial page. He was the architect of the newspaper’s separate business publication, Tarrant Business, and after leaving the Star-Telegram he became executive editor and editor emeritus of a local magazine, Fort Worth, Texas. He expanded that publication’s content to include in-depth, issue-related journalism.
A native Texan and a versatile journalist with experience in wire service, radio, television, magazine and digital platforms, Harral is a graduate of Baylor University where he studied under legendary journalism professor David McHam. He has served as an adjunct professor at both Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington. Paul is married to Harriet B. Harral, executive director of Leadership Fort Worth and principal of the consulting firm, The Harral Group.
“Paul is a thorough and thoughtful strategist and our readers will see the results of his experience, depth and insights in FWB CEO,” Connor said.
FWB CEO has been in the planning stages for over a year as Business Press executives met with North Texas publishers and others around the country to develop ideas for its mission and content.
“We see the magazine as a meeting place for CEOs,” Connor said. “Fort Worth used to have a dozen or so executive leaders and they all knew one another. But that has changed as new business leaders have moved into the area. Often, these executives don’t know each other and their customers don’t know much about them. FWB CEO will change all that.”