The Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area is served by a public television station, KUHT, and public radio station, KUHF. Both stations are owned by and licensed to the University of Houston System. KUHT HoustonPBS (Channel 8) is a PBS member station and the first public television station in the United States, and KUHF Houston Public Radio (88.7 FM) is an NPR member station. Both stations broadcast from the LeRoy and Lucile Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting at the University of Houston.
Houston is served by the Houston Chronicle, its only major daily newspaper with wide distribution. The Hearst Corporation, which owns and operates the Houston Chronicle, bought the assets of the Houston Post—its long-time rival and main competition—when Houston Post ceased operations in 1995. The Houston Post was owned by the family of former Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby of Houston. The only other major publication to serve the city is the Houston Press—a free alternative weeklywith a weekly readership of more than 300,000.
One of the leading media personalities is KTRK-TV's Dave Ward, the longest running anchor at any Houston station (40 years). Ron Stone anchored Channel 2 News for 20 years, 1972 to 1992. Ray Miller, host of The Eyes of Texas, a cultural anthology series broadcast for nearly three decades over KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate, is also well known, as was Marvin Zindler. In the late 1960s, Miller hired Kay Bailey Hutchison—a Galveston native as the first newswoman in Texas who later served in the Texas House of Representatives and the United States Senate.