Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer
“I am laser-focused on making sure that accurate information is shared with the media and the public, and that the METRO story is clearly communicated.”
— Jerome Gray
Jerome Gray is an expert storyteller - an essential skill for someone tasked with communicating complex information on a daily basis. People forget facts. But they remember stories.
Gray leads the METRO Press Office, the Social Media team, and the Marketing and Corporate Communications divisions. Gray also counsels the CEO, the METRO Board, and senior managers on press and public relations. In addition, he serves on METRO’s Executive Leadership Team and the Technology Governance Committee.
Before joining METRO, Gray was an award-winning broadcast journalist at KHOU-TV (Houston CBS). He also worked as a senior news editor and anchor at KPRC-TV (Houston NBC). Broadcast journalists study complicated local and world events and then retell them as short stories that we can understand - and remember.
Gray has garnered more than three dozen awards for his on-air work in Houston; Sacramento, California; Richmond, Virginia; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He’s had a front-row seat at hundreds of major events that impact lives. He covered the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, the 1993 Los Angeles earthquake, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, and the election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s president. Gray was there for Pope John Paul II’s 1999 visit to Mexico, President George W. Bush’s 2001 inauguration, and President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.
“In my early days at METRO, it was fun for me to ride the bus or rail and have people think I was still a reporter doing a story. I proudly told them I was now a METRO spokesperson,” says Gray. In many ways, Gray is still a reporter - keeping the public informed as the story of Houston’s public transportation system develops.
On any given day, Gray and his team may be telling a story about testing driverless vehicles, or how METRO’s successful 2015 reimagining of its bus system became a model for other cities around the world. He may be telling a story about where and how to evacuate a dangerously flooded neighborhood or communicating the best place to catch a train to the Astros’ World Series victory parade. He may want you to know that METRO is developing a new transit plan designed to keep us moving into 2040, or he may just want people to know that their usual bus route will be making a detour next Tuesday due to construction.
Public transportation impacts people’s lives every single day. As major cities around the world experience breathtakingly rapid expansion - transit has become one of the most exciting stories of the decade. It’s the place where cutting-edge technology, urban planning, economic trends, innovation, civic engagement, and bold visions converge. It’s complex, but Gray and his team keep finding new and memorable ways to tell us the METRO story.
Since joining METRO, Gray’s many accomplishments include serving as communications lead for the METRONext Regional Transit Plan, serving as partnership lead for METRO’s 2017 Super Bowl effort, and co-chairing the Houston Super Bowl Traffic and Transportation Communications Committee. Gray was responsible for developing the unique communications strategies that accompanied the 2015 New Bus Network launch, and he has created a new social media team to make sure METRO’s news and updates are always available to the public.
In addition to his professional positions in broadcasting and at METRO, Gray is a visual artist whose exhibits and works have raised funds for charity. He has received more than 200 awards for his civic and charitable work - and two Houston mayors have honored him with the proclamation of Jerome Gray Day!
- KHOU-TV (Houston CBS), Broadcast Journalist, Houston, Texas
- KPRC-TV (Houston NBC), Senior News Editor and Anchor, KPRC-TV, Houston, Texas
Professional Associations and Activities
- Executive Leadership Team, METRO
- Technology Governance Committee, METRO
- Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum, Class XXXII
- Winner, Two Emmy Awards
- Winner, Three National Telly Awards
- Winner, United Press International Award
- Winner, Houston Press Club Award
- Recipient, Fifth Ward Enrichment Program’s Heart of Houston Award
- Honoree, Jerome Gray Day, by proclamation of Houston Mayor Bill White
- Honoree, Jerome Gray Day, by proclamation of Houston Mayor Annise Parker
- Eponym, Texas Southern University (TSU) Jerome Gray Lecture Series
- Board Member, American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter
- Advisory Board Member, Career and Recovery Resources
- Advisory Board Member, William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity
- Advisory Board Member, Hermann Park Conservancy
- Co-chair, multiple charity events
Previous Board Service
- Board Member, SEARCH Homeless Services
- Board Member, Houston International Festival
- Board Member, Baylor College of Medicine Diversity and Community Outreach
- Board Member, Junior League of Houston Community Advisory Board
- Parent Coordinator, Boy Scouts Troop 242
- B.A., Communications (Radio-Television-Film), Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania