Houston Chronicle makes historic hire

By joining the Houston Chronicle as editor and executive vice president this October, Nancy Barnes will become the first female editor in the paper's 112-year history. "Take that, glass ceiling," quipped Forrest Wilder of the Texas Observer, while retweeting the news. Presently Barnes is the editor of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where she's worked since March 2007. At the Star Trib, Todd Stone tweeted that her departure "in many ways, is validation of how much Strib has accomplished in recent years."

Meanwhile, the Chronicle's Brian Rogers heralded Barnes' hiring with the following: "Meet @nancycbarnes the new Editor-in-Chief for the Houston Chronicle, y'all." Also at the Chronicle, Martin Hajovsky echoed these sentiments, adding, "Sign of smarts: Moving from Minn before super cold arrives, to Hou as super heat leaves." In response to one congratulatory tweet, Barnes acknowledged, "It's a little daunting, but a great challenge!" A challenge we're sure she's ready to meet. Congrats, Nancy!

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