Black Women Are Increasingly Being Picked to Lead Major News Outlets

Katrice Hardy, The Dallas Morning News’ executive editor

Recently, two Black women were named to top editor positions at the two largest newspapers in Texas, within the same week. Maria Douglas Reeve was promoted to executive editor of the Houston Chronicle and Katrice Hardy was named executive editor of the Dallas Morning News. It is the first time that either one of those papers had been led by an African American. They join other Black women who are now leading major news outlets in the U.S.

Maria Douglas Reeve claims “I’m a news junkie with more than 20 years experience in local news, politics and features. I get especially jazzed helping reporters and editors do their best work online and in print. Prior to being named executive editor, she served as managing editor/content for the Houston Chronicle. Before the Chronicle, she served as assistant managing editor and as deputy metro editor for the Star Tribune (Minnesota). She has also been the politics reporter, public safety team leader and suburban team leader for St. Paul Pioneer Press. She began her career as a reporter for the Bradenton Herald (Florida).

Katrice Hardy was named executive editor of the Dallas Morning News in late July. She was previously the executive editor of the Indianapolis Star and the Midwest regional editor for the USA Today Network. Hardy, who joined the Indianapolis Star’s parent company Gannett in 2016, was named editor of the Star in March 2020 and also served as the regional editor for the Midwest, overseeing more than two dozen Gannett newsrooms throughout Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. She was the first African American and the first woman to serve as executive editor of the Star. Hardy was editor of Gannett’s Greenville News in South Carolina and regional editor for the South, overseeing newsrooms in Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina and her native Louisiana. She spent more than two decades at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, where she held a variety of positions before becoming managing editor.

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SOURCE: The St. Louis American, K. Michael Jones