<P>53 spotlight (class)views Editors path to top job paved at Texas State It may come as a surprise that Debbie Hiott was not always interested in journalism. When she ?rst came to Texas State University, she had other plans. I went to (then-) Southwest Texas because I wanted to be a teacher, but immediately went to work on the student newspaper for fun, Hiott recalls. After a year of that, all I ever wanted to do was work for a newspaper. Now editor of the Austin-American Statesman, Texas State alumna Hiott has come a long way since she graduated in 1992 after serving as the editor- in-chief of the University Star. Inducted into the Stars Hall of Fame in 2007, Hiott still serves on the advisory board for the newspaper and occasionally speaks to journalism classes at Texas State. Currently, Hiott is dealing with the challenges all newspapers face as they transition to the digital age. I like the idea that because there are more ways we can reach our audience, theres always a new challenge for doing that, Hiott says. And Hiott is no stranger to hard work and meeting challenges. She said her work at the Star helped prepare her for a job in a professional newsroom because she could learn from her mistakes. Working on the student newspaper was like a lab for my career, she says. At Texas State I experienced real reporting situations and called the shots as a real editor. There was no one holding my hand along the way. After graduating from Texas State, Hiott began her professional career at the Statesman. She worked as a city and suburban reporter ?rst and became an assistant metro editor in 1999. Hiott later had stints as assistant state editor, state editor, metro editor, assistant managing editor and then managing editor. She spends some of her energy these days trying to expand the Statesmans reach through digital platforms. The most challenging thing is the same thing Ill be facing for years to come: transitioning the newsroom from a print newspaper to an organization that provides news on many platforms, whether its in a newspaper or magazine or website or mobile app, Hiott says. Whatever she faces in the future, Hiott will continue to embrace challenges like she ?rst did at Texas State. The thing I liked the best was working alongside people who cared just as much as I did about journalism and the news, Hiott says, recalling her days at the Star. Thats the thing I like the most about my current job, too. — Casey Torrance Kelly Frels says he loves being a lawyer. Ever since he enrolled in graduate school to study government in 1966, hes been hooked. We studied a lot about what lawyers did, and I decided I wanted to do what lawyers did, Frels says. Over his astonishing career, Frels has helped clean Houstons air, improved its schools and enriched the citys urban core. As the recipient of the 2012 Leon Jaworski Award, Frels has been recognized by the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary as a lawyer whose extraordinary efforts have bene?ted the community. In 1970, Frels began his career at Bracewell & Patterson, LLP, just as the ?rm began representing the Houston Independent School District. He was lead attorney for the district during its successful transition to system-wide racial integration in the 1980s, and helped establish Houston Community College. Frels was named managing partner in 1995 and began concentrating his efforts on the community and improving Houstons air quality. He chaired the Greater Houston Partnerships Quality of Life Advisory Committee, the Texas Environmental Research Consortium, the Center for Houstons Future and was a member of the Clean Air Task Force. Through a mix of public awareness campaigns, education initiatives and policy development that led to stricter legislation over industrial emissions, Houstons air quality was greatly improved. Frels also was instrumental in Houstons push to remove graf?ti, plant trees along roadways, tighten controls on billboards and improve landscapes in green areas. But long before Frels made a name for himself in Houston, he was doing the same at Texas State. He was in the student senate, later served as student body president, and then helped found the Bobcat Club in the 1970s. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1978 and received the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2011. Southwest Texas was a caring institution with quality faculty and administrators who provided opportunities to develop leadership and life skills, Frels recalls. He also met his wife, Carmela, after seeing her picture in the University Star in 1969. Frels attributes his personal achievements to his wife of 42 years and gives credit to the team of lawyers he works with for many of his professional and civic successes. — Casey Torrance A picture of civic engagement</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/514/tlnucornd/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a 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