Meet The Bee's editorial board

Editorials in The Bee are the collective opinion of the editorial board, which meets regularly to discuss community concerns and issues of the day. Below are members of the board.

Cheryl Dell is the Sacramento Bee's publisher and president, a position that allows her to run the newspaper in the place she calls "home." A native of Modesto and graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Cheryl remembers a time when there was a Florin Mall, "K" was just a street and the Capitol dome needed refurbishing. Before moving back to Sacramento, Cheryl was publisher of the Tacoma News Tribune and the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash. All told, she's been newspapering in California, Texas and Washington state for over 25 years. Cheryl represents The Bee on the boards of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO), Valley Vision and the Inland Press Association. She and her husband, Brad, have known each other since high school; they met while working at Dairy Queen and still remember when banana splits were 39 cents. They live in Sacramento County with their Scottish terrier, Brindie. Cheryl Dell can be reached at cdell@sacbee.com or 916-321-1885.

Dan Morain, editorial page editor, has been a columnist at The Bee since 2010. As a news reporter, he covered the California Supreme Court when Rose Bird was chief justice, the Legislature when Willie Brown was speaker and the Governor's Office during Gray Davis' tenure. He spent 27 years at the Los Angeles Times, where his final assignment was to be part of the team that covered the 2008 presidential campaign. After nine months working in public relations for Consumer Attorneys of California, he joined The Bee's editorial He and his wife of 29 years, Claudia Morain, have three children, each of whom attended public schools and California's public universities. Morain can be reached at dmorain@sacbee.com or 916-321-1907.

Mariel Garza joined the editorial board in early 2014 after moving north from the Evil Empire itself: Los Angeles. Mariel spent most of her life in Southern California -- in and around San Diego, where much of her family still lives, Riverside and Los Angeles -- but did spend her formative college years in the Bay Area. She attended San Francisco State University and graduated with a BA degree in journalism. Before heading back south to work for the Riverside Press-Enterprise and other papers and magazines, Mariel spent six cold, damp months in West Marin working for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Point Reyes Light writing stories, taking pictures and delivering the paper. Before joining The Bee she spent more than 12 years writing about Southern California politics for the L.A. Daily News, first as an L.A. City Hall reporter. In 2003, shortly before Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor in the historic recall election, she was recruited to the editorial pages to write columns and editorials. In 2008, she became editorial page editor for the Daily News, a job that expanded a few years later to oversee the opinion sections of the eight other Los Angeles News Group daily newspapers. Mariel Garza can be reached at mgarza@sacbee.com or 916-321-1185.

Pia Lopez, an associate editor, was born in Washington, D.C., where her parents, one Democrat and one Republican, were Capitol Hill staffers. She grew up with no TV and lots of politics. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, teaching math, setting up a chicken co-op, hitchhiking all over southern Africa and learning not to take home for granted. She found her calling after serving as a citizen representative on the editorial board of a small paper in Minnesota. When the editorial page editor resigned, Pia switched careers and has been writing on editorial pages ever since. She has an A.B. in political science from the University of Chicago and a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Pia Lopez can be reached at plopez@sacbee.com or 916-321-1904.

Jack Ohman, The Bee’s editorial cartoonist, was supposed to be Governor of Minnesota, but neglected to go into professional wrestling—so he started cartooning at The Minnesota Daily in 1978 instead. A native Minnesotan (that’s three MN references thus far), Ohman has won virtually every major American journalism award and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2012. His previous employers include The Columbus Dispatch (53 weeks), the Detroit Free Press (17 months), and The Oregonian (29 years). He has a B.A. in History from the Portland State University Honors College, where he learned a lot about the New Deal and how to raise three children while attending college. He is an avid fly fisherman (fly fishermen are always described as avid) and the author of ten books, many of which are about avid fly fishermen. He has a nice bike but doesn’t discuss it competently. He eats right, sits up straight, and still has quite a bit of hair for his age. Jack Ohman can be reached at johman@sacbee.com or 916-321-1911.

Gary Reed oversees The Bee's weekly six-page California Forum section and also helps edit the paper's daily Viewpoints page and letters from readers. Gary grew up in his native Virginia reading Look and Life magazines, which sparked his early interest in journalism. He played hoops in high school, but journalism became his profession. After working at newspapers in Virginia, he got a taste of California in the 1980s while working at the Pasadena Star-News. After jumping back east to work on the national desk at the Charlotte Observer from 1989 to 1995, Gary returned to California and joined The Bee in 1996. He worked as an editor in The Bee's newsroom, most recently as an assistant metro editor, before joining the editorial staff in 2006. Gary lives in Sacramento with his wife, Linda Gonzales, and still sports a decent 18-foot jump shot. Gary Reed can be reached at greed@sacbee.com or 916-321-1909.

Foon Rhee, an associate editor, joined the The Bee's editorial board in February 2010 after reporting and editing for newspapers in Massachusetts and North Carolina and keeping his opinions to himself. He managed to be a constituent of both Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Jesse Helms, as wide a gap in American politics as you could imagine. Foon was born in Korea, and grew up there as well as in England, North Carolina and Ohio, making it pretty much unscathed through the disco and preppy eras simultaneously. He graduated from Duke, where he majored in history and college basketball, and went to graduate school during a fellowship at the University of Hawaii, where he learned how to study while reclining on the beach. He is thankful, and frankly amazed, to still be working in newspapers after all these years. Foon Rhee can be reached at frhee@sacbee.com or 916-321-1913.

Joyce Terhaar is The Bee's Executive Editor and Senior Vice President. She grew up on a small Minnesota farm with seven siblings and decided by the time she turned 14 years old that she wanted to be a journalist. After graduating from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in the recessionary early 1980s, she headed to the brutally cold frontier of Grand Forks, N.D. to work for a fine small newspaper. There she met her husband-to-be, Geoffrey Long, and covered stories including the shooting of two federal marshalls by the Posse Comitatus and farm protests across the heartland as agricultural loans dried up. Her first trip to California was to help Geoff move to San Jose. A couple of trips later she moved to Santa Rosa to work for the Press Democrat and then joined The Bee in 1988 as a business reporter covering real estate, development and investment scams. Twenty-three years and two grown children later, she was named to her current post. Asked several years ago why she was a journalist, she said: "There are many things that keep me in journalism -- the public good that we do, the ability to influence, the opportunity to create, the adrenalin rushes on big stories. Mostly, though, it's the people. I get to work with people who are smart, creative, funny, sometimes ornery and often passionate about journalism." Joyce Terhaar can be reached at jterhaar@sacbee.com or 916-321-1004.

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