Charles Apple — deputy design director for the Houston Chronicle — has been a leader in infographics and news design for more than 25 years.


Blogging in (clockwise, from upper left): Orlando, Aug. 2006;
Manila, March 2007; Boston, Oct. 2007; Johannesburg, Oct. 2009.

Apple moved to Texas from the Orange County Register, where he spent nearly two years as Focus page editor. He spent seven months as managing editor for visuals at the Victoria Advocate before moving to the Chronicle in July 2015.

Previously, Apple was art director of Sporting News Today, graphics director of The Virginian-Pilot, graphics editor of The Des Moines Register and an artist for the Chicago Tribune, The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer, and for small papers in South Carolina and Georgia.

He redesigned The Athens (Ga.) Daily News in 1987, The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald in 1990 and two Gannett weeklies in 2002.

He has won numerous awards from the Society for News Design for graphics and graphics reporting. He has taught design and graphics seminars around the country, including sessions for the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the American Press Institute, the Tulsa (Okla.) Press Club and SND. He has spoken at three annual SND workshops: Minneapolis in 2000, Orlando in 2006 and St. Louis in 2011. He was an instructor at an IFRA design and graphics workshop in Manila in 2007.

He also has consulted for papers around the U.S. and the world. He spent nearly three months in 2009 and five months in 2010 and 2011 teaching and consulting in South Africa. He spent two weeks in 2012 teaching in Abuja, Nigeria and two more weeks teaching in Nairobi, Kenya.

Apple has been a columnist and frequent contributor to SND’s quarterly magazine, Design. He blogged for API during the Iraqi war in 2003. He’s been blogging about visual journalism ever since.

Apple, 53, lives in Galleria area of Houston with his 22-year-old daughter. His long-suffering wife, Sharon, is a substitute teacher in Atlanta. In his spare time, Apple reads 20th century U.S. History, collects Star Trek action figures and writes about himself in the third person.