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Jerome Gray : Longtime Anchor Becomes Metro Spokesman

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Metro has a new public face: Jerome Gray, the longtime anchor for KHOU and KPRC news.

Gray's contract with KPRC was not renewed last year, possibly because he is no longer 26 years old and perky, if he ever was.

He'll be a V-P and "senior press officer" for the transit agency.

"We're excited that Jerome will be leading our press office, lending his expertise as we continue to improve the reputation of the NEW METRO as an agency that is open and transparent," Metro CEO George Greanias said in a statement that continued to attempt to draw a distinction between the NEW METRO and that nasty old Metro. "Jerome understands that to achieve our strategic priority of becoming a trusted community partner, we have to work hand-in-hand with the media and be responsive to the needs and concerns of this community."

And Gray is fully on the NEW METRO wagon!! (We wish we had some kind of glorious font to better represent NEW METRO.)

"I am thrilled to be joining the NEW METRO team," Gray said. "It's a great opportunity to help share the story of what's happening at the authority and how it benefits the community. I look forward to working with the media to convey accurate information regarding transportation issues and the NEW METRO."

Gray was on the air at the two stations for more than 20 years, mostly at KHOU. He'll get a salary of $170,000 from Metro, spokeswoman Margaret O'Brien-Molina tells Hair Balls. George Smalley, who had been V-P for communications and marketing and led Metro's PR efforts for years, left the agency January 3.

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