Lorraine Branham, assistant to the publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has been appointed director of the journalism school at the University of Texas at Austin, effective this summer.
In making the announcement this week, Dr. Ellen Wartella, dean of the university’s College of Communication, said “Branham is a strong newspaper professional and her appointment reflects our desire to strengthen our ties with the professional journalism community.” Branham was chosen from a nationwide search by an 11-member committee.
The University recently elevated its journalism program from a department to a “School of Journalism.”
Before joining the Post-Gazette in September 2000, Branham was senior vice president and executive editor at the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. She previously worked for The Philadelphia Enquirer and The Sun of Baltimore.
When Branham was ousted from her position at the Tallahassee paper, she was the only African-American female top editor at a U.S. newspaper in the 50,000-and-up circulation class.