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February Monthly Luncheon - METRO’S Road Map for Informing its Publics

It’s been close to six months since Houston METRO made sweeping changes to its transit system – arguably, the largest overhaul of a U.S. urban transportation network in 20 years. Improving mobility and easing the commute for hundreds of thousands of Southeast Texas riders involved an operations effort like no other – with public relations its most significant tool.

Join us February 3 as METRO Vice President and Senior Press Officer Jerome Gray and Senior Director of Public Affairs Tanya McWashington share the inside story of how METRO launched its System Reimagining plan and continues to navigate the PR challenges involved in this significant undertaking.

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Speaker: Jerome Gray, Vice President and Senior Press Officer, METRO
Speaker Jerome Gray, Vice President and Senior Press Officer, METRO
Jerome Gray is a Vice President and Senior Press Officer with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO). Gray counsels the CEO, the METRO Board and senior managers on press and public relations. He serves on METRO’s Executive Leadership Team, Strategic Leadership Council and Technology Governance Committee. Gray is ...

Jerome Gray is a Vice President and Senior Press Officer with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO). Gray counsels the CEO, the METRO Board and senior managers on press and public relations. He serves on METRO’s Executive Leadership Team, Strategic Leadership Council and Technology Governance Committee.


Gray is a media professional with more than 20 years of experience, and community involvement in Houston. Most Houstonians became familiar with Gray’s Emmy-award winning work during his seventeen years as a broadcast journalist at KHOU-TV.


From developing strategy for political debates to focusing on crisis management issues surrounding transportation, oil spills and hurricanes, Gray has had a front row seat to hundreds of major developments that impact people’s lives. His career has taken him on assignment all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Kenya, Somalia and South Africa.


Gray has covered many major news events during his career, including the Philadelphia "Move" bombings, 1989 San Francisco earthquake and 1993 Los Angeles earthquake, He also covered Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, and the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s president. Gray was there for Pope John Paul II's 1999 visit to Mexico, President George W. Bush's 2001 inauguration, the Shuttle Columbia tragedy and President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration.


During his career, Gray has received close to three dozen awards for his work on air. Those awards include an Emmy for a series of reports on Africa, an Emmy and a National Telly Award for a jazz special, and a Texas Associated Press Award for coverage of South Africa's first all-race elections. He has also won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, United Press International, the Houston Press Club and the Virginia Associated Press.


Prior to joining METRO, Gray worked as a Senior News Editor and Anchor at KPRC-TV. He has also worked for television stations in Sacramento, California (KXTV) and in Richmond, Virginia (WTVR). He also worked at radio stations WWDB and WHAT in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Gray is very involved in community projects and has received more than 200 awards for community service. In 2011, The Fifth Ward Enrichment Program honored Gray with its “Heart of Houston Award.” Houston Mayor Annise Parker also proclaimed June 16, 2011 as “Jerome Gray Day” for Gray’s community leadership and passion for improving the lives of young people. In 2010, The Port of Houston Authority launched "Celebrate Earth Day with Jerome Gray on the Sam Houston". It was a one day tour boat ride to mark Earth Day. In 2006, Houston Mayor Bill White proclaimed Jan. 11 “Jerome Gray Day “ for Gray’s commitment to the community and broadcast journalism. In 1999, Texas Southern University honored Gray by naming a lecture series after him. Gray is Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum Class XXXII.


In Houston, his community work has included co-chairing, with his wife, the first annual fundraising dinner for SEARCH, an organization that helps the homeless. He also co-chaired the 20th & 22nd anniversary dinners for the Houston Association of Black Journalists. Gray and his wife chaired the 2009 Volunteer Houston "Visit from St Nicholas," and the 2011 UNCF gala. Gray has helped raise several million dollars for charity. Gray is also an artist. He holds occasional art shows where the proceeds benefit various children's charities.


Gray has served on more than a half dozen boards for nonprofit, community-based organizations, and especially enjoys projects that provide positive role models for children.


Gray was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in communications.


Gray and his wife have two children.

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When?

Wed, Feb. 3, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago

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Where?

Houston Racquet Club
10709 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024