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Remembering the Houston Post, 20 Years After its Demise

As longtime Houstonians know, this city was, for generations, a two newspaper town. Throughout the 20th century, the Houston Post rivaled the Houston Chronicle as the paper of record for Greater Houston. Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the Post’s demise. Today, we look back at the history and identity of the Post with […]

As longtime Houstonians know, this city was, for generations, a two newspaper town. Throughout the 20th century, the Houston Post rivaled the Houston Chronicle as the paper of record for Greater Houston. Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the Post's demise.

Today, we look back at the history and identity of the Post with former Post columnists Juan Palomo and Tom Kennedy, and the paper's longtime book editor, Elizabeth Bennett.

Then, we talk with Michael Berryhill, Associate Professor and Chair of Journalism at Texas Southern University, and Garth Jowett, Professor of Communication at the University of Houston, about the two newspaper town dynamic Houston once had, and how fewer and fewer cities – even big ones – can sustain two major daily papers anymore. We then consider whether that's something to bemoan, or just accept, in a digital world where all media competes with one another on all platforms, 24/7, and more and more people cite social media like Twitter or other aggregators of content as their primary source of news.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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