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People Jack Sweeney is the publisher of the Houston Chronicle and chairman of the executive team, John T. O'Loughlin is the president of the newspaper.

As of August 2015, the executive team includes:

  • President: John T. O'Loughlin
  • Executive vice president and editor: Nancy Barnes
  • Executive editor, opinions and editorials: Jeff Cohen
  • Chief operating officer: Paul Barbetta
  • Executive vice presidents:
    • Sales: Rob Cravaritis
    • Digital revenue development: Stephen Weis
  • Vice presidents:
    • Recruitment advertising: Anthony Purkiss
    • Real estate advertising: Todd Neal
    • Consumer sales: Michael Gorman
    • Marketing and audience development: Linda Schaible
    • Strategic marketing and development: Roseann Rogers

The paper employs nearly 2,000 people, including approximately 300 journalists. In addition, the Chronicle contracts with multiple distributors who circulate and deliver copies of the newspaper.

John H. Murphy was a longtime Chronicle officer. He was the assistant to Richard Johnson, a former executive vice president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association, and a newspaperman, mostly in Houston, for seventy-four years.


  • 2000: Houston's M. D. Anderson Cancer Center gave the Chronicle its Joseph T. Ainsworth Volunteer Community Award for making the newspaper available at a "greatly reduced rate" to the hospital and its patients.<ref></ref>
  • 2002: Holocaust Museum Houston<ref></ref> awarded the Chronicle its "Guardian of the Human spirit" award. The presenter, Janis Goldstein, said the award was given "because the Houston Chronicle embraces the causes most dear to it with a depth and scope that goes well beyond what is expected." Also, that "the Chronicle gives of itself to build a community that will embrace tolerance, understanding, and diversity and will speak out against prejudice and unfairness of any kind."<ref></ref>

Individual awards

  • 1963: William Porterfield won an Ernie Pyle Award.<ref name ="Atlantic" />
  • 1989-1997: Carlos Antonio Rios, a Chronicle photographer since 1978, has repeatedly been honored for his photojournalism by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.<ref></ref>
  • 2003: James Howard Gibbons received third place in the "Hearst Distinguished Journalism Awards," an internal contest held between Hearst's newspapers, for his editorial piece When Will the U.S. Liberate Texas?<ref></ref>
  • 2005: Then-White House correspondent Julie Mason was voted by readers of Wonkette (a Washington, D.C. political blog) the tongue-in-cheek "Best to Sit Next to on the Bus (for more than 20 minutes)." (Mason later left the newspaper for the Washington Examiner. She now hosts The Press Pool on the POTUS Channel on SiriusXM).
  • Leon Hale, a long-time columnist and author of 11 books, recently received the Lon Tinkle Award for Excellence Sustained Throughout a Career from the Texas Institute of Letters, of which Hale is member.<ref></ref>
  • Jason Witmer won first place in the 48 Hour–Web category of the National Press Photographers Association’s annual Best of Photojournalism in 2010 for his piece, “Too Manly for Quilt Show.”<ref></ref> Whitmer won second place in the News Feature–Web category for "“Suddenly homeless in Houston.”<ref></ref>

Pulitzer Prize

The newspaper and its staff have several times been Pulitzer finalists:

  • Dudley Althaus - 1992 finalist in international reporting: "For his articles on the causes of the cholera epidemic in Peru and Mexico."<ref></ref>
  • Tony Freemantle - 1997 finalist in international reporting: "For his reporting from Rwanda, South Africa, El Salvador and Guatemala on why crimes against humanity go unstopped and unpunished."<ref></ref>
  • Nick Anderson - 2007 finalist for editorial cartooning: "For his pungent cartoons on an array of issues, and for his bold use of animation."<ref></ref> Anderson won the Pulitzer in 2005 when working for The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.<ref></ref>
  • Staff - 2009 finalist for breaking news coverage: "For taking full advantage of online technology and its newsroom expertise to become a lifeline to the city when Hurricane Ike struck, providing vital minute-by-minute updates on the storm, its flood surge and its aftermath."<ref></ref>

Other notable people

  • Fernando Dovalina, Jr. (former assistant managing editor)
  • Maxine Mesinger (gossip columnist)
  • Leon Hale (columnist)
  • Richard Justice (sports writer)

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