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SAM STANTON

A senior writer for The Bee since 1991, Stanton has covered a variety of national and international stories, including the famine and war in Somalia, the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games, the Oklahoma City bombing, the recall of Gov. Gray Davis and eight executions at San Quentin. His series include "A Murder in Red Bluff," with Lundstrom, and an investigation into California's sexually violent predators, both of which can be viewed at www.sacbee.com/projects. Stanton came to The Bee from the Arizona Republic, where he covered state politics and the U.S. Congress. His honors include a Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and his selection as a finalist for the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in general news for coverage that led to the impeachment of Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham.

MARJIE LUNDSTROM

The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist's last series was about the killing of a police officer in a small town, called "A Murder in Red Bluff." Previously, Lundstrom wrote the "About California" column for The Bee, for which she was awarded first place for columnists in the Best of the West competition. Lundstrom, who has taught newswriting and journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., was The Bee's city editor, metro editor and assistant managing editor before becoming a columnist in 2000. Previously she was a national correspondent for several news outlets, including the Denver Post and Gannett News Service. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting in 1991 for a series of stories on child abuse deaths written for Gannett News Service. She lives in Carmichael with her husband and co-author, Sam Stanton, and their two children.

PAUL KITAGAKI JR.

Kitagaki has been a senior photographer at The Bee since February 2003, when he joined the newspaper after stints at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the (Portland) Oregonian, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Progress. A Bay Area native, he graduated from San Francisco State University in 1978 and covered the Olympic Games in 1984, 1996 and 2002. He also has covered numerous national stories and international events in places including Vietnam and Iraq. He was named California photographer of the year in 1990 and shared in the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake while at the Mercury News.

SHARON OKADA

A staff artist for The Bee for the past two years, Okada's work includes graphics for The Bee's investigation into California's sexually violent predators and for an investigation into waste disposal at the Hilmar Cheese factory in Merced County. Okada previously worked as an artist and online producer for the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., where her informational graphics and design were recognized with awards from the Associated Press, the Society for News Design and the Online News Association.

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