Hearst has named Kelly Ann Scott as editor of the Houston Chronicle, effective Oct. 23.
It is one of two major editorial appointments announced today at Hearst. In addition, Hearst Magazines promoted Lucy Kaylin to the title of editorial director.
Scott arrives from a tenure as editor-in-chief and vice president of content at Alabama Media Group, part of Advance Local. There she ran a team with more than 120 people, and oversaw the state’s largest digital news site, AL.com, winner of Pulitzer Prizes for local reporting and commentary this year.
Executive Editor Maria Reeve has taken on a statewide vice presidential role.
Scott focused on newsletters and audience growth, drawing 11 million monthly unique users at AL.com.
Previously, Scott served at Gannett for 20 years in different roles. Most recently, she was the top editor at Reno Gazette-Journal, and had also held the title of the USA Today Network state director for Nevada, Utah and Guam. Also, she oversaw the USA Today marijuana policy team.
“Kelly’s exemplary experience leading nationally recognized newsrooms and driving innovative digital solutions will be invaluable to the Chronicle’s journalistic future,” says Jeff Johnson, president of Hearst Newspapers. “I have great confidence in Kelly’s ability to advance our journalism and grow audiences.”
Scott adds, “This is a consequential time for Houston and Texas — and our work matters more now than ever in America.” I am eager to dive in.”