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Frank W. and Sue Mayborn

School of Journalism

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About Frank W. and Sue Mayborn

In 1999, the journalism graduate program was named the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. Many graduate students have been awarded scholarships to attend the graduate institute  in hopes that they will give back to the community through the journalism profession in the way that Frank did.

During his life, Frank W. Mayborn promoted journalism excellence. His wife, Sue Mayborn, continues this tradition. UNT has been the beneficiary of these efforts.

Frank was the owner and publisher of the Temple Daily Telegram, Killeen Daily Herald & KCEN-TV until his death in 1987, after which Sue kept the presses & cameras rolling.

Frank, with his brothers and father, bought the Telegram in 1929. At the time, the newspaper’s mission was “to make the Telegram the best newspaper ever published in a city of fewer than 20,000 people.” Frank added to the mission statement by promising “to operate a politically independent newspaper, placing the public welfare above the interest of any party.”

Today, the Temple Daily Telegram serves a city of more than 60,000 residents and is available to a regional audience of 285,000. The paper has a daily circulation of 18,000 & a Sunday circulation of 22,000.

The Telegram also prints and distributes the Fort Hood Sentinel, which is the army’s newspaper for Fort Hood, one of the largest U.S. Army bases in the world.

In 1953, Frank purchased the Killeen Daily Herald, which is the oldest privately owned and continuously operated business in Killeen.

The Killeen Daily Herald serves a city of more than 119,000 residents. The paper has a daily circulation of 20,000 and a Sunday circulation of 23,000. The newspaper also produces three weekly papers, the Fort Hood Herald, the Copperas Cove Herald and the Harker Heights Herald.

The Temple Daily Telegram and the Killeen Daily Herald are two of only five individually owned newspapers above 10,000 circulation in the state.

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For prospective student information: moremayborn@unt.edu

For transfer course information: JOURAdvising@unt.edu

For inquiries, internship & other inquiries: journalism@unt.edu