johnchenry.jpgThe AP’s Washington bureau chief, Sandy Johnson, announced this morning that former Houston Chronicle D.C. Bureau Chief John C. Henry will be the wire’s Washington news editor.

A native Texan, Henry, 56, has covered politics and government as a reporter and editor for the Houston Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman since 1980, and since 2000 has been the bureau chief for the Chron, the nation’s seventh-largest newspaper.

A graduate of Mississippi State University, Henry’s newspaper career began with a stint at the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville, and later at the Starkville Daily News, and the Meridian Star.

He’s also a former Knight Fellow at Stanford University.