Jon Mark Beilue to Write Weekly Column for WTAMU

Oct. 4, 2018

CONTACT:    Jon Mark Beilue, jbeilue@wtamu.edu

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Jon Mark Beilue to Write Weekly Column for WTAMU

 

CANYON, Texas—His last byline appeared in the Amarillo-Globe News on July 15, 2018, but Jon Mark Beilue isn’t done writing yet. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 4, the well-liked writer with a penchant for human interest stories will begin a weekly column centered around West Texas A&M University and its students, faculty, staff, alumni and more.

The columns will be distributed each week to Panhandle area newspapers under the heading “WT: The Heart and Soul of the Texas Panhandle” and posted to the WTAMU website at wtamu.edu. The Groom native has lived in the Texas PanhaJon Mark Beiluendle his entire life, and he knows how to craft a story about the people and places of this area, and the stories never fail to grab the reader’s attention in some emotional way. His talent with words is well known across the region and has been recognized at both the state and national levels as far back as the 1980s until his retirement in 2018.

“We are excited to welcome Jon Mark to the WTAMU family and to share his many talents with the people of the Panhandle,” Dr. Walter Wendler, University president, said. “West Texas A&M University has many interesting stories to tell, and there is no doubt that Jon Mark will tell them well.”

Beilue spent 37 years with the Amarillo Globe-News. He joined the paper in June 1981 as a sportswriter and quickly moved up the ranks. Within five years, he was named assistant sports editor and then sports editor in 1989, a position he held for 17 years. A columnist position was created for him in August of 2006—the first of its kind at the Globe-News in more than 40 years. The new position gave Beilue the chance to write human interest stories that captured the sights, sounds, issues and people of the Texas Panhandle. He spent 12 years as the newspaper’s general columnist, and a collection of his work was published in 2014 under the title, This Might be a Good Story. A second one is scheduled for release around the holiday season.

Beilue and Sandy, his wife of 33 years, have two grown sons. He may have graduated from Texas Tech, but there is definitely some Buff blood in the Beilue family. Their oldest son, Blake, graduated from WT in 2013, and Beilue's mother, a longtime high school English teacher, earned a master’s degree from the University in 1971.

He is an active member of the Amarillo community. He teaches at First Baptist Church and the Continental Retirement Community, and for the last nine years, has team taught a class on manhood at the TDCJ Nathaniel J. Neal Unit northeast of Amarillo. Beilue is the incoming president of Another Chance House, a former president and current member of the Amarillo Downtown Kiwanis Club, a member of the Amarillo Professional and Business Club and serves as chairman of the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame selection committee.

For more information or to check out Beilue’s weekly columns, visit wtamu.edu/beilue. Send story ideas about a WTAMU student, faculty member, project or alumni to jbeilue@wtamu.edu.

—WTAMU—


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Gary Jennings
on 10.9.2018

Sure glad to see this !!! Warms my heart



John Kanelis
on 10.8.2018

This is great news for WT. You have brought on board a man I have long called a community treasure.



Dona Clements
on 10.4.2018

Well, this is exciting, indeed! I've been going through JMB withdrawal. Looking forward to reading many more outstanding columns by Mr. Beilue. ♥