Nancy Barnes Biography
Nancy Barnes is an American journalist and newspaper editor. She is currently editor and executive vice president of news at the Houston Chronicle but will become the senior vice president for news and editorial director of National Public Radio on November 29, 2018.
Nancy Barnes Age
She is an American journalist and newspaper editor. She has been Executive Vice President of News and Editor at Houston Chronicle Publishing Company since October 14, 2013. She was born in 1960.
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Nancy Barnes Career
She earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of North Carolina. She was once an editor at the Star Tribune the paper won the Pulitzer Prize for local news for reporting on infant deaths at daycare facilities. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for commentary the time she led the Chronicle the paper.
she spoke with Texas Monthly in May 2018 about sexism in the workplace, following the Me Too movement and revelations about Harvey Weinstein. Besides she believes that the most blatant forms of workplace sexism are now being revealed because many women are now in positions of power and not afraid to speak about the problem.
NPR Names The Houston Chronicle’s Nancy Barnes It’s Editorial Director
Nancy Barnes, the executive editor of The Houston Chronicle, will be the new senior vice president of news and the editorial director at NPR, a position last officially held by Michael Oreskes, who resigned last November amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Ms. Barnes, 57, who is also the executive editor for Hearst Texas Newspapers, will start on Nov. 28. She will take over from Chris Turpin, who has held the role temporarily. He will become vice president for editorial innovation and newsroom development, the public radio network said on Tuesday. “I’m very excited about this opportunity to work at NPR,” Ms. Barnes said. “It’s a great opportunity to grow and do something a little bit different and still serve the great journalistic work.”
In a statement, Jarl Mohn, NPR’s president and chief executive, said, “Nancy has the news judgment to guide our storytelling, believes in the power of the NPR mission, sees the tremendous opportunity in unifying NPR and member station newsrooms, and has the business acumen to think creatively about how we can bring our journalism to even more eyes and ears.”
Under the leadership of Ms. Barnes, The Houston Chronicle won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2015, was a finalist in 2017 for a series on how the Texas state government, through arbitrary budget cuts, denied special education services to tens of thousands of students, and a finalist again this year for its coverage of Hurricane Harvey.
Before Ms. Barnes came to Houston, she was the executive editor at The Minneapolis Star Tribune Media Company. The paper won a Pulitzer in 2013 for its reporting on a rise in infant deaths at poorly regulated day-care homes.
“I am a particular believer in exclusive, enterprise and investigative journalism that makes a difference in people’s lives,” Ms. Barnes said. Although Ms. Barnes said she had no immediate plans to make changes, she did eventually hope to bolster those areas at NPR. “I’d like to bring a little bit more firepower to explosive enterprise stories,” she said.
Ms. Barnes’s appointment is the latest instance of a woman being named to a high-profile media position previously held by a man who was ousted after accusations of harassment or misconduct. In March, the radio station WNYC, an NPR affiliate, named Tanzina Vega the host of “The Takeaway,” a role held for a decade by John Hockenberry, who resigned after several women accused him of sexual harassment and bullying behavior. In April, Emily Nemens took over as editor of The Paris Review, months after its previous editor, Lorin Stein, resigned under a cloud of allegations.
Barnes joined the Houston Chronicle in 2013 and led the newsroom to a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2015.
During her tenure, the Chronicle received widespread acclaim for its investigations into grand jury abuses, the statewide denial of special education services to schoolchildren and chemical regulation failures in Texas. McKeon said he will “forever be appreciative” of the contribution Barnes made to the Chronicle. He expects to appoint one or two people to fill Barnes’ responsibilities amid a search for her permanent replacement.
“Nancy has done a fantastic job at developing the talent in the newsroom and the kind of strategic direction we’ve been hoping to accomplish,” McKeon said. “She’s really laid the foundation for us.” Barnes, 57, joined the Chronicle after serving as executive editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune from 2007 to 2013.
In 2015, then-Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary; Falkenberg is now the Chronicle’s editor of opinion. The Chronicle was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2017 for coverage of the special education system and in 2018 for its coverage of Hurricane Harvey.
Barnes will become the top editorial director at National Public Radio, which boasts 36.6 million monthly listeners across roughly 1,000 stations nationwide. The organization maintains 17 international and 17 domestic bureaus, employing about 380 staff members in its news division. Her position at NPR was previously held by Michael Oreskes, who resigned in November 2017 amid multiple allegations against him of sexual harassment.
In a statement Tuesday, NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn said Barnes “has the news judgment to guide our storytelling, believes in the power of the NPR mission … and has the business acumen to think creatively about how we can bring journalism to even more eyes and ears.”
Barnes’ departure means the Chronicle will have lost its top two editors in five months. Former managing editor Vernon Loeb, who was the second-highest-ranking newsroom leader, was named politics editor of The Atlantic in June. His position has not been filled.
The Chronicle’s text editor is expected to maintain Barnes’ work on increasing digital subscriptions, a key factor in maintaining the organization’s finances in the face of dwindling print subscription numbers. While the Chronicle has avoided large-scale layoffs in the past few years, legacy newspaper organizations across the country continue to grapple with declining print advertising revenue and subscriber losses. The Chronicle has about 200,000 print subscribers and 20,000 digital-only subscribers, McKeon said.
“It’s been very clear we need to get even more serious than we have in the past in growing subscriber revenue,” Barnes said. Barnes said she was approached in May by a recruiter working with NPR, ultimately accepting the new job last week. She will be based in Washington, D.C.