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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Ken Hoffman leaves Houston Chronicle for CultureMap

Ken Hoffman reveals to where he is going after announcing Houston Chronicle departure

Here is a big update to my earlier post about Ken Hoffman quitting the Houston Chronicle.

The news that shocked Mother's Day in Houston. That's what my readers are certainly telling me at least.

Turns out Houston's most popular columnists is leaving the Chronicle for CultureMap. He will also make occasional appearances on ESPN 97.5 KFNC.

I reached out to Hoffman and here is the email I received from him updating us on the new gig:

I quit the Chronicle for a position with the Culture Map website, and I will pop in occasionally on ESPN 97.5 FM radio to promote Culture Map and yuk it up with the hosts.

While Culture Map obviously isn't as established as the Houston Chronicle, it can offer me different challenges and opportunities. I have history with Culture Map's new owner David Gow and that played a big role in my decision to leave the Chronicle.

I will pretty much bring my column intact to Culture Map, plus some ideas I have that fit Culture Map's personality better than the Chronicle's. If you read my column in the Chronicle, please continue to read me at It's free. No paywall or subscription required. No limited number of views per month. Click away.

I spent 22 years with the Chronicle. It was the best job I ever had. I hope the Chron appreciated me as much as I enjoyed working there. I feel a little cheated, actually. I didn't get to fulfill the employee's fantasy of telling my bosses to shove this job. I liked my bosses.

I have mixed emotions about leaving, but it was time. Managing editor Vernon Loeb and I hugged it out at dinner at Union Kitchen. I had the meatloaf and mashed potatoes, while he had a shrimp and pasta dish. Best part of the meal? He paid. I should have ordered a dessert to go.

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