Why the Defender?

Who is the Defender?

What is the Defender?

Sonceria “Sonny” Messiah Jiles CEO


Houston is home to nearly 1 million Blacks. It is consistently ranked as one of the top ten cities based on median household income, households earning more than $100,000 annually, business ownership, college graduates and homeowners. Additionally, we have the lowest unemployment and home loan rejection rates. From 1930 to today, the Defender has served the Houston area as a trusted and credible source of information.

Sonceria “Sonny” Messiah Jiles


Our audience for 90 years has trusted our content whether it is online, print, social media or events. The Houston Defender Network provides unique coverage from a Black perspective rooted in the community and built upon a high standard of journalistic excellence.


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