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.

Gary Wortel became the president and publisher of The Sacramento Bee on April 2017. He is a graduate of San Jose State University with a bachelor of arts in public relations. His community involvement has included serving on the various boards in Fort Worth, namely the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Fort Worth Inc and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Raised most of his life in California, Gary and his wife, Patti, have four children and two grandchildren. Two daughters and two grandsons live in Nashville, Tenn., and two sons live in Colleyville, Texas. Gary’s parents were originally from The Netherlands where he still maintains close family relationships. His major interests outside work include travel, golf and skiing. Gary can be reached at, 916-321-1885 or on Twitter at @gman_garyw.

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 board. He and his wife, Claudia Morain, have three children, each of whom attended public schools and California’s public universities. Morain can be reached at, 916-321-1907 or on Twitter at @DanielMorain.

Shawn Hubler, deputy editorial page editor, joined The Bee’s editorial board in September 2014. An award-winning reporter and columnist, she has worked for magazines, websites and seven newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, where she spent 18 years. Her writing has taken her all over California: She reported from Florence and Normandie during the L.A. riots, San Francisco during the first tech boom, Sacramento during the earliest days of the Schwarzenegger administration and Orange County during the real estate bubble. A native of rural central Pennsylvania, where she grew up cheering for football teams in snowstorms, Shawn has a B.A. in journalism from Penn State and a profound regard for warm, sunny weather. She and her husband, Bob Magnuson, a native Californian and Cal Bear, have three grown daughters who each insist they are from a different part of the state. Shawn Hubler can be reached at, 916-321-1646 or on Twitter at @ShawnHubler.

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. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 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 10 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, 916-321-1911 or on Twitter at @JACKOHMAN.

Foon Rhee, an associate editor, joined 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, 916-321-1913 or on Twitter at @foonrhee.

Erika D. Smith is an associate editor, columnist and editorial writer who joined The Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland. Erika D. Smith can be reached at, 916-321-1185, on Twitter at @erika_d_smith or on Facebook.

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 marshals 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, 916-321-1004 or on Twitter at @jterhaar.