Nancy Meyer Named Publisher of the Houston Chronicle

From a Houston Chronicle story by Paul Takahashi headlined “Nancy Meyer, Miami Herald president, named publisher of the Houston Chronicle”:

Nancy Meyer, a veteran newspaper leader and president of the Miami Herald, has been named the next publisher of the Houston Chronicle.

Hearst Corp., the Chronicle’s New York-based parent company, said Meyer will start Jan. 10. Meyer, the first female publisher of the Chronicle, will succeed John McKeon, who announced in August his plan to retire after more than 40 years in the newspaper business….

Meyer, 58, brings nearly three decades of newspaper experience to the Chronicle, including as publisher of the Miami Herald, the Orlando Sentinel and the Hartford Courant. Between 2016 and 2018, she was president of the Bergen Record of New Jersey, part of Gannett’s USA Today network.

Meyer was president of the Miami Herald for less than a year when she was recruited by Hearst for the Chronicle job….She said she plans to expand the Chronicle’s audience across its print and digital platforms, as well as extending the paper’s reach into Houston’s diverse communities….

“Like Miami, Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the U.S.,” Meyer said. “To me, I see that as an opportunity to grow and reach additional audiences. I’ll be working with the leadership there on how to build our audience, and ultimately, how to touch more people in the Houston community with content and information that they desire.”

Meyer began her career in classified advertising for the Star Gazette in Elmira, N.Y. The native of Hillsborough, N.J., said she became interested in the newspaper business at an early age, having grown up in a family that subscribed to three newspapers.

Meyer attended Bloomsburg University and graduated in 2012 from the University of Hartford….She has professional certificates from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism — Newspaper Management Center, and the American Press Institute for Advertising Leadership.

Meyer is active in the local community, serving on business chambers, community foundations and nonprofits, such as the United Way. A breast cancer survivor of almost 20 years, Meyer served on the executive board of the Southern New England Chapter of Susan G. Komen Foundation, a Dallas-based charity that advocates for breast cancer patients and funds research….

Meyer and her wife, Melissa Macri, plan to move to the Houston area from Miami in the coming months.

The Houston Chronicle, founded in 1901 and acquired by Hearst in 1987, is one of the nation’s largest regional media companies and has the largest newsroom staff in Texas. It has been named the best newspaper in Texas for three consecutive years by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. The Chronicle reaches more than 1 million print readers weekly and has over 30 million monthly visits to its digital platforms, including its premium news website and its advertising-supported lifestyle website

The Chronicle is the flagship publication of Hearst Newspapers, which publishes 24 dailies and 52 weeklies and employs more than 2,600 journalists and staff nationally. Hearst’s newspapers include the San Francisco Chronicle, the Times Union and the San Antonio Express-News.

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