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Wane A. Hailes, President/Publisher, founded the Courier/Eco Latino newspaper in March of 2005. Hailes, with a handful of committed employees from the Hispanic and African-American community. Today they continue to produce a bi-weekly publication, that is the only bi-lingual newspaper in the Tri- City . With a circulation of 15,000 the newspaper is distributed throughout Columbus, Phenix City and Fort Benning.

Their signature annual events include the Community Service Awards, Hispanic Heritage Month Breakfast and the Fifty Most Influential African-American, Hispanic and other Minority Awards program.

With a mission to provide a publication to the minority community that will educate, empower, inspire and entertain, The Courier/Eco Latino newspaper is, as their slogan states, "The voice of the minority community."


Wane A. Hailes
President and Publisher
The Courier/Eco Latino Newspaper

A preacher’s kid (PK), Wane Hailes was born in Richmond, Virginia and grew up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and the cities of Clifton Forge and Charlottesville, Virginia.

After graduating from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas in 1978 Wane served fifteen-years as Directors of YMCA’s in Missouri, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina and finally Columbus, Georgia as the CEO of the A.J. McClung YMCA from 1990-1995.

Wane has 31 years of cumulative sales, marketing and public relations experience in both radio and newspaper. He worked for the minority-owned Davis Broadcasting, Inc, radio station as an on-air personality and sales consultant followed by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer newspaper as the Real Estate, Employment and Automotive sales consultant and the minority-owned Columbus Times newspaper as Vice President/Advertising & Sales.

Leaving the Columbus Times in December 2004 Wane became the President / Publisher and owner of The Courier / Eco Latino newspaper in March of 2005. The Courier / Eco Latino, serves the African-American, Hispanic and other minority communities. Publishing bi-weekly in English and Spanish The Courier/Eco Latino is the only bi-lingual newspaper in the Tri-City area.

In May of 2007 Mr. Hailes received the prestigious Georgia Minority Small Business Champion Award and the Region IV Minority Business Champion Award  by the United States Small business Administration.

 A published author with his book “A View From A Pew” Wane has served as the co-host of the weekly televised Urban league on Location as well as “Lo Que Usted Debe Saber” (What you need to know”), an informational show focusing on the Hispanic community.

Wane is married to Attorney Cecelia Howard Hailes, an Assistant Solicitor with the Muscogee County office of the Solicitor General and has one son, Raymond Wane who resides in New York City, New York.