Chron names new deputy managing editors

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The Chronicle has announced several editorial promotions:

The Houston Chronicle named two new deputy managing editors and a new sports editor Saturday.

George Haj, 43, will oversee the local news operations, state desk, business, foreign, national and projects staffs. He joined the Chronicle in 2003 as assistant managing editor/business.

Dan Cunningham, 49, will oversee the news and wire desks, the Page A1 team, the Sunday newspaper and the sports section. He was assistant managing editor/sports and had been in charge of the sports department since 1989.

In other appointments, assistant sports editor Fred Faour, 40, was named sports editor; national editor Russ Shaw, 48, was named assistant managing editor/news; and Jacquee Petchel, 46, was hired as assistant managing editor/projects. Petchel previously worked as investigations editor at the Miami Herald.

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