Kelly Ann Scott

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Kelly Ann Scott (born c. 1977 in North Dakota) is executive editor for the Houston Chronicle in Houston, Texas.

Scott graduated from Norfolk senior High School in Norfolk, Nebraska. She earned a bachelor's degree in science, journalism and history at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1998, and a master's degree in criminal justice at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 2002. She began her career at the Fargo Forum in North Dakota and continued to write for the St. Cloud Times while in graduate school.

Scott began her editing career at the Reno Gazette-Journal, a Gannett newspaper in Reno, Nevada. She started out as an assistant city reporter and rising to senior news editor of its publishing group, RGJ Media. She also served as Gannett's USA Today Network state director for Nevada, Utah and Guam, and oversaw the network's marijuana policy team.

In June 2018 Scott was hired by Advance Media and moved to Birmingham to succeed Michelle Holmes as vice president of content and editor-in-chief of Alabama Media Group, publisher of Under her leadership the company launched The Lede a daily online news digest, and also inaugurated the Alabama Education Lab, a philanthropy-funded journalism venture.

Scott was announced as the successor to Maria Douglas Reeve of Hearst Media's Houston Chronicle in September 2023.


  • "Kelly Ann Scott named Alabama Media Group content VP." (June 20, 2018) The Birmingham News
  • Thornton, William (September 28, 2023) "Kelly Ann Scott leaving Alabama Media Group for Houston Chronicle."
  • "Houston Chronicle names Kelly Ann Scott new executive editor." (September 28, 2023) The Houston Chronicle

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