Houston Chronicle Managing Editor Vernon Loeb — who led the newsroom through Hurricane Harvey and an investigation of the state’s special education program — has been named politics editor of The Atlantic in Washington, D.C.
The Chronicle’s coverage for Harvey in 2017 and the special education investigation in 2016 were named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. He also oversaw then-metro columnist Lisa Falkenberg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning columns and her nomination as a Pulitzer finalist.
“His departure is a huge loss for the newsroom, and for me personally,” Executive Editor Nancy Barnes said Thursday in an emailed announcement to the editorial staff. “”As we all know, Vernon is a relentless champion for the newsroom and for journalists.”
Loeb, 62, joined the Chronicle in 2014 from the Washington Post, where he had been metro editor.
On the morning of Sunday, August 27, Houston Chronicle Managing Editor Vernon Loeb wrote in an email to…