Executive Editor, Sacramento Bee, and Regional Editor, California

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Posted on November 18, 2020

Executive Editor, Sacramento Bee, and Regional Editor, California

McClatchy is seeking a creative, collaborative news leader to serve as executive editor of the Sacramento Bee and to coordinate the work of McClatchy's five California newsrooms located in Sacramento, Modesto, Fresno, San Luis Obispo and Merced.

As Executive Editor in Sacramento, this leader will work with a talented team of journalists to reach a growing and increasingly diverse audience in northern California through accountability work, service journalism and breaking news that is first and best on issues most important to our local communities.

As California Region editor, this person will lead the continued transformation of our California newsrooms into high-impact, audience-focused digital news operations consistent with McClatchy’s longstanding mission of independent, essential local news that serves the public. This includes setting coverage and beat strategies that reflect each community’s growth, demographics and economic drivers.

The opportunity is to experiment with new ways to provide essential journalism that makes a difference in the lives of all readers in the communities we serve. 

The successful candidate will be a talented news editor who has a passion for audience-focused journalism and can ignite that passion in reporters, editors, and visual journalists. This person will be a thoughtful leader with experience in newsroom transformation, someone able to approach the role with fresh ideas on how to best serve audiences that are as diverse as the country overall. 

We are looking for an accomplished business leader with strong communication skills who is eager to collaborate with colleagues at all levels of the Sacramento Bee and in our markets across the state, as well as across the McClatchy enterprise.

Success will be measured by the distinctive journalism produced in Sacramento and California as well as audience and subscriber growth for that differentiated content. This requires a command of audience analytics and knowledge of the tactics that deliver results, as well as a desire to experiment, iterate, and adjust as the news environment dictates. Empowering journalists throughout the region to learn and employ audience-focused approaches to journalism is key to success.

Change is a central feature of a digital newsroom, and this leader must be both confident and conscientious in guiding newsrooms to always keep the community’s interests at the heart of our journalism.

If this is you, please apply.


  • At least 10 years of experience as a successful leader of a newsroom or large team
  • Experience working collaboratively across a large organization.
  • Experience working with news analytics to grow audiences and increase subscriptions.
  • Experience as a multi-platform storyteller, with a passion for the written word as well as visual and audio journalism.
  • Experience managing performance, including setting clear expectations, providing appropriate training and empowering staff members to do excellent work.

The McClatchy Company, LLC, and the Sacramento Bee is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug-free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation, or veteran status.


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