HOUSTON, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Tony Pederson and Tommy Miller, two longtime Houston Chronicle news executives, have been given new titles and expanded areas of responsibility effective February 13, according to Associate Publisher and Editor Jack Loftis. Pederson, formerly vice president and managing editor, has been promoted to executive editor and senior vice president, while Miller moved up from deputy managing editor to managing editor. Both Pederson and Miller will continue to report to Loftis, who remains the Chronicle's ranking news executive. "Since given the additional responsibilities of associate publisher in 1998, some of my current activities are outside the Editorial Division," Loftis said. "Both Pederson and Miller have helped take up the slack and, as tested and well-respected newsmen, are more than capable of moving the Chronicle forward in the 21st century." Chronicle Chairman and Publisher Richard J. V. Johnson said the promotion of Pederson and Miller broadens leadership within the newspaper's Editorial Division. "Both editors have assembled outstanding performance records while serving at practically every level in the news gathering process," Johnson said. Pederson, who joined the Chronicle in 1974, was a sportswriter, copy editor and sports editor before becoming managing editor in 1983. A native of Waco, Pederson attended Baylor University, earning a B.A. in journalism/communications in 1973. He earned an M.A. in journalism in 1976 from Ohio State University. In 1993, Pederson was named recipient of the James Madison Award by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas for his work on First Amendment issues. He is a former president of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors group and a recipient of the APME's Jack Douglas Award for leadership. Pederson, currently serving a one-year term as president of the Inter American Press Association, is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and is on the board of Houston Grand Opera and the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Miller has been involved with newspapers and journalism education for more than 25 years. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Baylor University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. Miller worked as a reporter for United Press International in Dallas, San Francisco and Sacramento before joining the Chronicle in 1973 as a news reporter. He later became an assistant city editor. Miller went to the University of Mississippi in Oxford in 1981 as an assistant professor of journalism and two years later became managing editor of the Beaumont Enterprise. In 1984, Miller returned to his teaching position in Oxford and rejoined the Chronicle in 1986 as an assistant managing editor. He was promoted to deputy managing editor in 1994. Miller is vice president of Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and a former president of The Press Club of Houston Educational Foundation. He is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and also serves on advisory journalism councils for Baylor University and the University of Nebraska.
SOURCE Houston Chronicle