Nancy Meyer, Miami Herald president, named publisher of the Houston Chronicle – 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 Wednesday that 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.

“Nancy has a great track record of successfully leading several large newspapers during her career,” said Jeff Johnson, president of Hearst Newspapers. “She is a forward-thinking and thoughtful leader who has strong business acumen and values the critical role that newspapers play in their local market. I look forward to Nancy’s engagement with the Houston Chronicle team and the greater community.”

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. Her hire is somewhat of a homecoming for Meyer; she was the advertising director at two Hearst papers between 1997 and 2006: the Times Union of Albany, N.Y. and the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I am proud and honored to be accepting this role,” Meyer said. “The Houston Chronicle has such a history of strong watchdog journalism, covering the local interests of the Houston community. I look forward to getting to know and being very active in the community.”

Meyer 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. She said she will work with the Chronicle’s leaders to increase digital subscriptions and provide the kind of journalism that keeps readers coming back. 

“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 as a classified advertising salesperson 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 in Bloomsburg, Pa., and graduated in 2012 from the University of Hartford in Hartford, Conn., majoring in education and communication studies. In addition, she has professional certificates from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism — Newspaper Management Center, and the American Press Institute for Advertising Leadership.

In her spare time, 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.

She said she loves to read, travel, play golf, cook and entertain.

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.