Houston Chronicle names new VP of finance, two controlling editors

Houston Chronicle names new VP of finance, two controlling editors

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The Houston Chronicle has named a few executives to help lead its newsroom and enterprise functions as the news business accelerates its transition to electronic platforms.

Jennifer Chang, the Houston Chronicle’s director of audience, was promoted to running editor. She will be joined by Chris Fusco, previous government editor of the Chicago Sunshine-Times. Alongside one another, the two running editors will oversee digital and newsroom operations.

Publisher Nancy Meyer also named Paul Pham, standard supervisor of the Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sunshine Sentinel, as the Chronicle vice president of finance.

Chang and Fusco will perform intently together as the Chronicle proceeds the change from print to electronic and expands its viewers, said Govt Editor Maria Reeve. The Chronicle’s digital subscriptions not long ago surpassed its print subscriptions.

“It’s an remarkable time mainly because we have obtained two proficient journalists who are heading to assistance me lead this transformation,” Reeve reported. “It’s something we have been chatting about, but we truly have to figure out how to make the perform we do achieve far more men and women — basic and simple.”

Chang, 33, joined the Chronicle in 2018 after jogging editorial expansion initiatives at Arianna Huffington’s startup, Prosper World-wide, and a stint as the advancement editor of Quartz, a countrywide business enterprise news outlet. All through her tenure in Houston, she aided launch the Texas Dev Hub, a team of developers and information reporters that make interactive journalism for equally the Chronicle and San Antonio Categorical-News.

Chang, who grew up in Houston, mentioned she read through the Chronicle as a boy or girl, especially the new defunct “Yo!” area, which catered to teens and preteens in the 1990s. That segment is supporting to encourage some of her new perform in striving to support the paper draw in more youthful, much more assorted and digitally savvy readers to its subscriber-only site, HoustonChronicle.com.

She mentioned becoming a controlling editor of her hometown paper is “the honor of my everyday living.”

Jennifer Chang, who as led the Chronicle’s digital operations, was promoted to managing editor.

Jennifer Chang, who as led the Chronicle’s electronic functions, was promoted to running editor.

Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle / Staff members photographer

“I like my town. I’ve labored at other nationwide outlets and there’s a great deal of definitely good journalism out there, and they do terrific function, but it’s only the Houston Chronicle that would make our metropolis a improved position,” she stated. “I consider that honor really seriously.”

Polk award

Fusco, 49, helped carry the Chicago Sun-Instances “back from the brink” by means of electronic initiatives. He reorganized the newsroom — spearheading endeavours to generate new newsletters, podcasts and other electronic goods — and released a Spanish-language news internet site. He also labored to improve racial variety inside its reporting ranks and its coverage.

In advance of getting executive editor at the Sunshine-Instances, he labored as an investigative reporter, successful the prestigious George Polk Award for a sequence that led to the manslaughter conviction of a nephew of previous Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley — 10 several years immediately after the criminal offense.

Just after leaving the Sunshine-Instances in 2020, he served as govt editor of Lookout Regional, a startup aimed at bringing journalism to so-named news deserts throughout the United States. At the startup, he reported he realized the issues that come with attracting viewers to information internet sites and resources for holding them coming again for protection.

He claimed he’s eager to study a lot more about Houston and the Chronicle and is particularly fired up to go away powering Chicago winters.

“This is a location that has been giving wonderful journalism to a wonderful metropolis for a lot more than a century,” Fusco stated. “What I’m heading to try out to do is take the encounters I’ve experienced the two with the get started-up and legacy newsroom, and function with Jennifer and Maria to figure out the components for supersizing that.”

Pham moved to Illinois from Vietnam in the late 1980s, when his relatives was sponsored by a church. He explained coming to America showed him the worth and value of really hard work, which assisted him to shift up from a financial planner and analyst at the Chicago Tribune to overseeing profits, finance and technique for the whole Tribune Publishing community right until it was acquired by the Alden Financial commitment Team previous year.

Chris Fusco, one of the Houston Chronicle’s new managing editors.

Chris Fusco, one particular of the Houston Chronicle’s new running editors.

Yi-Chin Lee, Photographer / Team photographer

Dazzling spot

Due to the fact then, he has been typical manager of both of those the Orlando Sentinel and the South Florida Solar Sentinel. Pham reported he sees the go to Houston as a promotion. He reported Hearst Corp., the Chronicle’s parent corporation, is a shiny location in an marketplace that has been upended by layoffs and spending plan cuts.

“I’m incredibly grateful for remaining selected for the option,” he claimed. “In my brain, Hearst is the variety just one firm to do the job for in the publishing market. It continue to has the mentality of investing in growing earnings alternatively of just expense savings.”

Meyer, the Chronicle’s publisher, mentioned she received to know Pham soon after he succeeded her at the Sun Sentinel. She claimed she was impressed with his get the job done in Florida and thinks he will support the Chronicle reach much more viewers and interact with them.

“Paul to me is a terrific substantive economic chief,” she said. “And as I seem at this, specifically as we’re in the center of main transformation, Paul provides years of experience in analytics, in strategy, in revenue enhancement, that will be a great asset to the Houston Chronicle.”

Paul Pham has been named as the Houston Chronicle's vice president of finance.

Paul Pham has been named as the Houston Chronicle’s vice president of finance.

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