MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Ed Choate was appointed on Monday publisher of the Muskogee Phoenix, where he worked until this past year as executive editor.

Choate, whose appointment took effect immediately, presently serves as publisher-editor of the McAlester News-Capital, where he has worked since January. A career journalist, Choate began working at the Phoenix from 2005 to 2018 — the past 11-plus years as the top editor.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to return to Muskogee and the Phoenix,” Choate said. “And I look forward to continuing the paper’s tradition of serving the community, including the advertisers and the readers.”

Choate succeeds Dale Brendel as publisher of the Phoenix. Brendel recently was appointed publisher of the Joplin Globe in Missouri. Both newspapers, along with the McAlester News-Capital, are owned by CNHI LLC. Brendel will continue to serve in his role as a senior group publisher for CNHI.

As senior group publisher Brendel will continue to serve as publisher of CNHI newspapers at Tahlequah, Ada and Stillwater. He said the Muskogee Phoenix "deserved to have a publisher on site," and Choate was "right choice."

“Ed is a great choice to take over as publisher in Muskogee,” Brendel said. “He’s very familiar with the community and has done a great job over the years as editor and most recently as publisher in McAlester.”

Before joining the Muskogee Phoenix Choate worked 20 years in the sports departments at the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Orlando Sentinel, New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Greenville, South Carolina, News.

“I’m excited to return to Muskogee, where I have many good friends and relationships,“ Choate said. “It’s home to me.” 

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