The Chronicle's Jason Spencer: From Covering HISD To Promoting It
The revolving door is busy
Jason Spencer, who was been covering the Houston school district as a Houston Chronicle reporter and editor for six years, has a new job: Promoting the Houston school district.
Spencer starts soon in HISD's communications department, where he'll be paid $95,000 a year to help give the district a positive image.
So does that mean the Chron's coverage has been positive enough to impress HISD? (They've surely been big backers of superintendent Terry Grier's Apollo 20 project.)
"I believe we've been consistently fair and tough on the school district throughout" his six years, Spencer tells Hair Balls. (And for good measure: "I don't expect that [to] change just because I'm leaving.")
The transition has already begun, apparently: Spencer says he is "very excited and honored to have this opportunity to help tell HISD's story at a time when the district leadership is deeply committed to doing right by the children of Houston....Superintendent Terry Grier has committed to running a transparent operation and I know he expects me to live out that philosophy. I wouldn't put my 14-year journalism career on the line for HISD otherwise."
Spencer will remain at the paper through Thanksgiving, but says he will not play any role at all in any HISD coverage in that time.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.
- Top 10 Super Bowl One-Hit Wonders (w/ VIDEO)
Wed., Feb. 10, 6:00pm
Sat., Feb. 13, 2:00pm
Wed., Feb. 17, 7:00pm
Fri., Feb. 19, 6:00pm
- Sheriff Hickman Shoots the Messenger, Pushes Back on Chron Jail Series
- Super Bowl 50: Five Best Prop Bets And Prediction