Patrick Canty has worked at Texas and California daily newspapers for more than 36 years, serving in a variety of capacities ranging from reporter and editor, to publisher. He currently serves as regional vice president & publisher of the Odessa American, in Odessa, TX.
Canty has and continues to serve on boards for a variety of local non-profit groups, including the Education Foundation of Odessa, Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale, Basin Public Broadcasting Inc., Samaritan Counseling Center and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Development Board. He is also a past-president of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce board of directors and currently serves as chairman of the chamber’s Education Committee.
He is past-president of the Texas Press Association and the Texas Daily Newspaper Association, which awarded him the 2010 Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership. He is also a past unit president of the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Canty currently serves on the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Advisory Committee.
A native San Antonian, Canty graduated with highest honors in 1982 from Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he studied photography and journalism. He has also participated in advanced executive programs at the American Press Institute, the Stanford Business School and Northwestern University’s Media Management Center.
He is married to Julie Canty, a dyslexia specialist for the Ector County Independent School District, and they are the proud parents of son Sam.