Houston Chronicle promotes Joy Sewing, who becomes first Black news columnist in paper’s history


With a new incoming mayor in Houston, a state takeover of the city’s public schools and post-pandemic life taking shape throughout our region, change will no doubt be the norm for Houstonians in 2024. The Houston Chronicle is making a change to help readers make sense of it all.

Joy Sewing, a Houston native and veteran journalist, is taking on a new role as a news columnist. Chronicle readers have come to know Sewing for her takes on people — especially people of color — and cultural topics that make our city tick. 

Sewing will be the first Black news columnist in the Chronicle’s 122-year history. She’ll report and opine on issues including social justice, politics, education, health care and inequity, with an eye toward getting readers to help her right wrongs and lift each other up.

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