What does it take to manage the flagship publication for the nation's fourth largest city? Is there a future for major metropolitan newspapers like The Houston Chronicle?
Because of a health issue for Mr. O'Laughlin, we will have the opportunity to hear Tom Stephenson, a 37-year newspaper executive who joined the Houston Chronicle Media Group as publisher in 2012. Prior to joining the Chronicle Stephenson was president and publisher of Hearst’s San Antonio Express-News from 1997 – 2012. There Tom held positions of SVP/Operations and EVP/General Manager prior to being named publisher in 2005.
Before joining Hearst, Tom spent 22 years in the Knight-Ridder organization in a variety of senior management positions at newspapers in Aberdeen, SD; Long Beach, CA; and St Paul, MN.
Tom was born and raised in the Dakotas and grew up in Aberdeen, SD. He graduated from Northern State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Tom has a track record of community involvement in each of the cities he’s lived and is looking forward to becoming active in Houston.
Tom is an avid runner and golfer. He and his wife, Cindy, have two grown sons and seven grandchildren.
Don't miss his perspective on Houston and its challenges during this lively talk.
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