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Nancy Barnes

Editor and EVP, Houston Chronicle


The Houston Chronicle named Nancy Barnes Editor and Executive Vice President of News in October 2013. Barnes has a strong commitment to excellence in local journalism and leads the production of hard-hitting stories for the newspaper and the Houston Chronicle’s websites, and She is the first woman to serve as editor of the Houston Chronicle. 

Prior to this role, Barnes was the Editor and Senior Vice President of The Star Tribune Publishing Company. Skilled at managing change in traditional and evolving news and advertising environments, Barnes has proven to be adept at creating new products on multiple platforms, and matching content to the needs of the consumer and advertiser. Under Barnes’ supervision, the Star Tribune won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for local news for its reports on infant deaths at poorly regulated day care homes. She has over 30 years of experience serving the news industry as an innovative executive, having led a top 10 Sunday paper, a top 20 daily newspaper, a top 20 digital site, niche publications and a suite of sports prep sites. 

Barnes was born in Cambridge, MA and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of North Carolina. She is married to a journalist and has three daughters.

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