M. Roberts Media, LLC is a diversified media and marketing solutions company that delivers unique experiences for consumers and advertisers across all platforms.
You tell us your message and we’ll get the message out. We make people aware you exist by customizing your message and placing it in the most powerful media MIX, such as websites, targeted digital ads, social media, print and more.
We leverage our advantages of long-established relationships with businesses and individuals within our local communities, extensive emails lists and experienced people to drive CONSUMERS to your door, website, or phone.
Beyond the Victoria Advocate, Longview News-Journal and Tyler Morning Telegraph newspapers and their associated digital brands, M. Roberts Media also includes the Panola Watchman, the Marshall News Messenger, the Kilgore News Herald, the Henderson News and M. Roberts Digital, a digital marketing agency servicing clients worldwide; commercial printing and distribution services; events production and marketing; and other products serving South and East Texas.
At M. Roberts Media our mission is to produce valuable journalistic content that engages audiences and improves the communities we serve and to deliver valuable marketing solutions that help our customers to grow
M. Roberts Media is a family-owned company that traces its roots back to Morris Roberts’ role in a conglomerate that acquired the Victoria Advocate in 1942.
In 1961, Roberts purchased all stock and became sole owner of the Advocate. He shared ownership with his son, John M. Roberts, who serves as Chairman of the Board, and daughter Catherine R. McHaney, who is Secretary-Treasurer. The third generation of family leadership is embodied in Roberts’ grandson, Stephen McHaney, who is publisher of the Longview News-Journal as well as President of M. Roberts Media.
Since that time, M. Roberts Media has grown and acquired 6 more newspapers, a digital agency, several magazines, and a printing company.
Pictured above, Morris Roberts
M. Roberts Media Leadership
M. Roberts Media President
Longview News-Journal Publisher
Stephen McHaney has more than 20 years of experience in the media industry. His experience includes stints as Director of New Media and Vice President/CFO of the Victoria Advocate. He most recently served as Co-Publisher of the Victoria Advocate prior to relocating to East Texas to take the helm as Publisher at the Longview News-Journal in 2012. Stephen earned a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University in 2004. Stephen and his wife, Amy, reside in Longview with their four children.
M. Roberts Media Senior Vice President
Tyler Morning Telegraph Publisher
Justin Wilcox has over 25 years of experience in the newspaper industry. Prior to joining M. Roberts Media he was the President of Northeast Tennessee Media Group in Johnson City, TN for 7 years. He spent 3 years with Media Newsgroup in the Bay Area as Publisher of the Daily News and Silicon Valley Community Newspapers. And spent 3 years in San Antonio, TX as the VP of sales for Prime Time Newspapers a division of Hearst. He is a native of Michigan where he grew up in the newspaper business working alongside his family. Justin is excited to return to Texas with his wife Lisa and daughter Olivia and call East Texas his permanent home.
M. Roberts Media and M. Roberts Digital Vice President of Technology
Bret Jacomet serves as the Vice President of Technology and is also responsible for the company’s digital services including M. Roberts Digital, a full service agency. He has over 20 years of experience in the media industry and prior to joining M. Roberts Media, he was the Vice President of Digital for the Sandusky Media Group, VP of Sales and Marketing for KPC Media Group, Regional Digital Director and GM of Online Classifieds for Freedom Communications. Bret lives in East Texas with his wife Candace and has four children.
M. Roberts Media Vice President of Audience
From West Texas to South Florida, with stops in between, Tim Thorsen has more than 25 years of experience in the journalism business. He comes to M. Roberts Media from the USA TODAY’s Florida Network, where he was responsible for the delivery of high-quality content across all digital and print platforms. Tim is a native of Virginia who is thrilled to return to the Lone Star State with his wife, Laura, and son, Alexander. He also looks forward to introducing his daughter, Kathryn, to Longview when she is on break from college.
Victoria Advocate General Manager