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Joyce Terhaar

Joyce Terhaar

Executive Editor and Senior Vice President

Dear California water officials: After Oroville Dam scare, why should we trust you?

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UPDATED April 15, 2017 09:00 AM

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Joyce Terhaar is Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of The Sacramento Bee. She joined the newsroom in 1988 to cover business and development but has spent most of her tenure editing, first the local report and then, as managing editor in 1999, the newsroom's daily report. Contact Terhaar at jterhaar@sacbee.com or 916-321-1004. Twitter: @jterhaar.