George Haj
George Haj ()

Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize juror George Haj will join ALM on April 21 in the new role of regional editor-in-chief for Florida, Georgia and Texas.

Haj comes to ALM from the Houston Chronicle, where he is senior editor of local news. Since joining the Chronicle in 2003 as assistant managing editor for business, Haj directed coverage of the 2005 BP Texas City refinery accident that killed 15 workers and the Enron trials. Under his leadership, the Chronicle was a Pulitzer finalist for breaking news for using online newsroom expertise to “become a lifeline to the city” after Hurricane Ike, providing minute-by-minute updates on the storm, its flood surge and aftermath.

Haj has a track record of driving change and innovation, and leading newsrooms through digital transformation, Daily Business Review publisher Chris Mobley said in a joint announcement with ALM vice president David Brown.

“George will lead the efforts of the Daily Business Review, the Daily Report and Texas Lawyer to generate more content and more relevant content to be delivered across multiple platforms,” Mobley said in a statement. “He also will lead ALM’s global expansion efforts as they pertain to Latin America.”

Haj is on the board of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the program committee for the John S. Knight fellowships at Stanford University. He studied international relations and business as a Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University.

Before joining the Chronicle, Haj held several positions at the Miami Herald, including executive business editor, technology editor, state editor and neighbors section editor. He was part of the newsroom team that received a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for coverage of Hurricane Andrew.

Haj, who grew up in Miami and attended the University of Miami, will be based in Miami and report directly to Mobley, ALM group publisher, with strong relationships to Brown, Texas publisher Cathy Collins and Georgia publisher Wayne Curtis.