PRESS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
December 1, 2011
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Senator Van de Putte Announces Hiring of Lee Nichols as Communications Director

(Austin)—Thursday, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-26) announced the hiring of veteran journalist Lee Nichols as her new Communications Director.

Nichols, a native Texan, spent 15 years at The Austin Chronicle, one of the nation's top alternative weekly newspapers, where he served as a proofreader, assistant news editor, and most recently, staff writer. He covered diverse beats including the Legislature, transportation, development, and local Austin politics, and even wrote about craft beer for the food section.

Before joining the Chronicle's full-time staff, he was a freelance music reviewer, and shares the Senator's love of Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, and other great San Antonio musicians.

"We're thrilled to have someone with Lee's lengthy experience in our office," Sen. Van de Putte said. "His knowledge of the legislative process as well as Texas' culture and values will be an asset to our staff."

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