Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer
“I am laser-focused on making sure accurate information is shared with the media and the public, and that the METRO story is clearly communicated.”
— Jerome Gray
Jerome Gray leads METRO’s Communications Department. He serves on the Executive Leadership Team and also counsels the CEO, the METRO Board, and senior managers on press and public relations.
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 unique communications strategies for the launch of the 2015 New Bus Network.
Before joining METRO, Gray was best known as an award-winning broadcast journalist at KHOU-TV. He was also senior news editor and anchor at KPRC-TV and worked at TV stations in California and Virginia.
Gray has covered hundreds of major events such as 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.
Gray has garnered more than three dozen awards for his on-air work and more than 200 awards for his civic and charitable work.
- METRO Vice President and Senior Press Officer
- KPRC-TV, Senior News Editor and Anchor, Houston, Texas
- KHOU-TV, News Anchor, Houston, Texas
- KXTV-TV, Broadcast Journalist, Sacramento, California
- WTVR-TV, Broadcast Journalist, Richmond Virginia
Professional Associations and Activities
- Executive Leadership Team, 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 proclamations from Houston Mayor Bill White and Houston Mayor Annise Parker
- Eponym, Texas Southern University Jerome Gray Lecture Series
- 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, American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Coast
- Board Member, SEARCH Homeless Services
- Board Member, Houston International Festival
- Board Member, Baylor College of Medicine Diversity and Community Outreach
- Junior League of Houston Community Advisory Board
- Career and Recovery Resources Advisory Board
- Parent Coordinator, Boy Scouts Troop 242
- B.A., Communications (Radio-Television-Film), Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania