Audrey Cooper (born 1977) is an American journalist. Hearst Corporation named her as editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle on January 13, 2015, making her the first woman to hold this position.[1][2]

Audrey Cooper
Born1977 (age 42–43)
Alma materBoston University (BA)
Known forthe first woman to become editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle

Before Cooper's appointment, there were only two women editors-in-chief working at America's top 25 circulation daily newspapers, Newsday's Debbie Henley and Nancy Barnes of the Houston Chronicle.[3]

Cooper grew up in the Kansas City, Kansas area. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Journalism and Political Science from Boston University in 1999. She worked as a journalist at the Tri-Valley Herald, the Associated Press, and the Stockton Record, all in Northern California.[2] She joined the Chronicle in 2006 as an assistant metro editor, rising to replace Stephen Proctor as managing editor in May 2013.[4]


  1. ^ "First Time Woman Named Editor In Chief Of SF Chronicle". ABC 7 News (KTO). 13 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b Rubenstein, Steve. "Audrey Cooper named editor in chief of The Chronicle". SFGate. SF Chronicle. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  3. ^ O'Connor, Lydia (13 January 2015). "San Francisco Chronicle Names First Female Editor In Chief". Huffington Post. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  4. ^ Yang, Nu (6 September 2013). 10 Women to Watch, Editor & Publisher