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Chronicle Executive Editor Steve Riley to retire | #retirement | #elderly | #seniors

Houston Chronicle Executive Editor Steve Riley announced Wednesday that he will retire after a 41-year career in journalism, including more than three years at the Chronicle.

Riley, 62, led the Chronicle’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, Texas blackouts and tropical storms as well as investigations that garnered several national awards. During his tenure, the Chronicle was honored as Texas’ Newspaper of the Year and Newsroom of the Year by the Associated Press Media Editors.

“Steve’s leadership of the Chronicle’s newsroom is reflected in the outstanding coverage and investigative work done under his reign,” Hearst Newspaper President Jeff Johnson said in a statement. “This work has been recognized both statewide and nationwide, and most importantly, by our readers. Steve’s commitment to journalism and serving the Houston community is second to none, and we wish him the best in his retirement.”

Prior to joining the Chronicle, Riley spent more than 30 years at The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he served as investigations editor for a decade. Previously he worked as a reporter in Mississippi for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, The Sun in Gulfport and the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo.

Riley came to the Chronicle in 2017 as senior editor for investigations. After former executive editor Nancy Barnes left to become senior vice president of news for National Public Radio in 2018, Riley took the paper’s helm as interim editor. He was named executive editor in May 2019.

Under Riley’s leadership, the Chronicle investigated failures to prepare for Hurricane Harvey, troubles at a renowned Houston heart transplant center, problems with Texas’ special education system and secrecy over the state’s school endowment. Most recently, the Chronicle delved into the lack of oversight in the state’s mental health system and squalid living conditions in public housing. Digital subscriptions have more than doubled during Riley’s tenure.

Riley in a newsroom-wide conference call and email on Wednesday said he looks forward to spending more time with his family in the mountains of North Carolina during his retirement.

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