Nancy Ancrum, a journalist with more than 30 years of experience who for the past two decades has weighed in on editorials ranging from local government to healthcare, has been named editorial p age editor for the Miami Herald.
“Nancy’s vast experience as a journalist and opinion writer will serve our readers and this community well,” Miami Herald Media Company Publisher David Landsberg said Thursday. “She’ll continue the important work of helping to set the agenda on issues that affect all of us who call this home.”
Ancrum, the first black woman to lead the Herald’s editorial pages, replaces Myriam Marquez, who was named executive editor of el Nuevo Herald in October. In her new role, Ancrum joins the Herald’s Executive Committee.
"I plan to build on the strong foundation set by all the superb opinion-page editors who have preceded me, most notably Myriam Marquez,” said Ancrum, 57. “ I want not only to further deepen the mix of voices on our pages — both print and online —but also seek new eyes and ears for what we present through a variety of outlets and community partnerships."
Ancrum has been a member of the Miami Herald's Editorial Board since 1990. She has reported and written an array of editorial opinions affecting South Florida, including issues on government, healthcare and education.
Her expertise has been featured during many appearances on local radio and television news programs. She also was tapped to discuss the controversial Elián González story on national TV with personalities, including Bill O'Reilly when the saga made international headlines 14 years ago.
In recent years, as the news industry has evolved, Ancrum has worked to enhance the editorial board's community outreach and online presence. She has coordinated key community outreach meetings on important trends affecting South Florida's economy and a new generation of readers, including one on the region’s brain drain.
Ancrum also partnered with Alex Fuentes, general manager of interactive, to help lead the board into social media, working with the newsroom’s Public Insight Network to create the SpeakUp online-only feature and posting editorials, letters, columns and political cartoons on Twitter.
"Nancy knows South Florida inside out. She's innovative and has bold ideas to bring the opinion pages to a new level on all platforms,’’ said Marquez, the former editorial page editor. “I'm looking forward to her guiding the community conversation on key issues affecting our region."
Ancrum joined the Miami Herald in 1983 as an editor. Before that, she was an editor for the then-new and trendsetting newspaper USA Today, in Roslyn, Va. There, she worked in the Life section, editing stories on health, dining, entertainment and pop icons like Michael Jackson.
Ancrum, who was born in New York, is a graduate of New York University, where she earned a degree in journalism. She started her career as an editorial assistant at the Baltimore Evening Sun before becoming a copy editor there.
At the Miami Herald, Ancrum held several positions before joining the editorial board, including assistant city editor. In addition to her responsibilities on the board, she also has written stories exploring food and culture, including a biweekly column, The Cultural Kitchen, and has produced stories for WLRN radio.
She is married to arts writer George Fishman.
“Nancy has a deep understanding of this community, both from her time in the newsroom and her years on the editorial board,’’ said Aminda Marqués Gonzalez, the Miami Herald’s executive editor. “Her breadth of understanding will ensure that all voices are well-represented.”