|Founder(s)||Richard M. Smith|
|Founded||October 26, 1889|
The Eagle, officially known as The Bryan-College Station Eagle, is a daily newspaper based in Bryan, Texas, United States. Centered in Brazos County, the paper covers an eight-county area around Bryan-College Station that includes Texas A&M University. First published by attorney Richard M. Smith as the Weekly Eagle on October 26, 1889, it transitioned to a daily in 1913.
The Eagle has won multiple awards, including Texas Associated Press Managing Editors awards, as well as Newspaper Association of America circulation awards. The paper's average weekday circulation is 19,132.
The Eagle was owned by the Evening Post Publishing Company from 2001 to 2012, when it was sold to Berkshire Hathaway to become part of its BH Media Group subsidiary. Previously, the newspaper was owned by Belo Corp. from 1995–2001, Worrell Newspapers from 1988–1995, Harte-Hanks Communications from 1962–1988 and local ownership prior to that. As of 2020, Lee Enterprises owns the paper.
Jerry Wayne "Wags" Waggoner (1936–2015) was from 1971 to 1986 executive sports editor and managing editor of The Eagle. He then joined the Killeen Daily Herald, where after a heart attack in 1990, he became a freelance writer until 2011 for other newspapers, including The Eagle. In his 50-year journalism career, Waggoner also worked for the Amarillo Globe News, Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegram, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, and the 12th Man Foundation in College Station. A narcolepsy patient, Waggoner once won second-place in a writing contest for coverage of a game of which he was asleep during half of the competition. A native of Stamford in Jones County, Waggoner attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville and served in the United States Army. He spent his last years back in Bryan, where he died of a heart attack at the age of seventy-nine.