Vernon Loeb is managing editor of the Houston Chronicle. He came to thenewspaper from The Washington Post, where he was metro editor. Before that,he was an editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Los Angeles Times.Vernon also spent a lot of years reporting. He was a city hall reporter andforeign correspondent at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and he covered the CIAand the Pentagon for The Washington Post. He's also written three books and run 66 marathons.