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1st person of color named as Houston Chronicle editor

July 20, 2021 GMT
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Maria Reeve celebrates as she is named the executive editor of the Houston Chronicle, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at the Chronicle's Houston office. Reeve has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror and has been active in the National Association of Black Journalists. The South Carolina native becomes the first person of color named as editor of the 120-year-old Houston daily. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)
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Maria Reeve celebrates as she is named the executive editor of the Houston Chronicle, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at the Chronicle's Houston office. Reeve has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror and has been active in the National Association of Black Journalists. The South Carolina native becomes the first person of color named as editor of the 120-year-old Houston daily. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — Maria Douglas Reeve has been promoted to editor of the Houston Chronicle after serving as managing editor of the daily for about 20 months, owner Hearst Corp. announced Tuesday.

She succeeds Steve Riley, who announced his retirement in March.

Reeve joined the Chronicle in November 2019 after serving in various news management roles with the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis. The Charleston, South Carolina, native previously worked for the Star-Tribune’s Twin Cities rival, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, after beginning her journalism career as a reporter at The Bradenton Herald in Florida.

She has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror and has been active in the National Association of Black Journalists. She is the first person of color named as editor of the 120-year-old daily.