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    Beaumont Enterprise editor keynotes May commencement

    Timothy M. KellyTimothy M. Kelly, editor of The Beaumont Enterprise, will serve as keynote speaker at the Spring 2017 commencement ceremony at Lamar State College Port Arthur, set for Friday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m.

    Timothy M. Kelly's journalism career spans 35 years in reporting, editing and senior leadership roles in news and sports at newspapers around the country. He worked in sports at the Washington Post, USA Today and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and was deputy sports editor of the Los Angeles Daily News, assistant sports editor of the Dallas Morning News and executive sports editor of the San Antonio Light. After 3½ years as a senior editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, he was named editor of The Beaumont Enterprise in 1996 at the age of 35. 

    Under his direction, The Enterprise has won more than 100 major awards for reporting and editing excellence, including Texas Newspaper of the Year multiple times. In 2005, he received the National Press Foundation Chairman’s Citation “for extraordinary personal courage and public service in the coverage of Hurricane Rita.”

    Within the Hearst Corporation, The Enterprise’s parent company, he has been involved in numerous task forces and initiatives and completed senior leadership training at the Hearst Management Institute. He is director of the Hearst Journalism Fellowships program, the premier two-year newspaper fellowship in the country.

    He is a member of the board of directors and past president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, as well as a director and past president of the FOIFT Supporting Foundation, which controls a multi-million dollar endowment fund. He is a former member of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors board of directors and the Lamar University Department of Communications advisory committee.

    He has served on the board of directors and as president of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas and on the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas.

    He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he was editor in chief of the independent daily, The Diamondback, and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society.

    He lives with his wife, Sara, and son, Rhett, on 20 acres near Mauriceville.