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First-Ever 'Sac Bee' Publisher Heaphy to Be Replaced by Dell

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

First-Ever 'Sac Bee' Publisher Heaphy to Be Replaced by Dell

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Janis Heaphy, the first person to take the formal title of publisher of The Sacramento Bee, is retiring after 10 years, and will be replaced by Cheryl Dell, president and publisher of The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., The McClatchy Co., publisher of both papers, announced Monday.

Dell will assume Heaphy's positions as publisher and president on April 14, McClatchy said.

The Bee was an unusual daily that operated for more than 100 years without a publisher at its top. The lead position was often headed by a McClatchy family member.

This will be the third McClatchy paper Dell, 48, will lead in her career. She has headed the News Tribune since 2004. From 200 to 2004, she was publisher of the Tri-City Herald in Washington.

Dell joined McClatchy in 1997 as advertising director of The Modesto (Calif.) Bee and moved to The Fresno (Calif.) Bee in 1999 as vice president of sales and marketing.

Dell is a native of Modesto, Calif., and a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, with a degree in communications.

"Having worked at four McClatchy papers, Cheryl is intimately familiar with our culture," said Frank Whittaker, McClatchy vice president, operations, who oversees the company's California, Florida and Kentucky newspapers. …

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