Dan Morain selected as Sacramento Bee’s editorial page editor

Veteran journalist and Bee columnist Dan Morain has been promoted to editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee.

Bee publisher Cheryl Dell made the announcement Monday that Morain, 58, would be replacing Stuart Leavenworth, who has accepted a new position as Beijing bureau chief for the McClatchy Co.

Morain, currently a senior editor with the paper, joined The Bee's editorial board about four years ago and has been writing twice-weekly columns on topics that range from money in politics to the environment.

“Dan has a deep understanding of - and appreciation for - the Sacramento area and has seen first-hand the role The Bee's Opinion Pages play in our region. His goal is to maintain the great traditions of the past while helping to shape the future,” Dell said.

Morain was selected after a nationwide search. He will report directly to the publisher in his new job.

“With the help of a great staff, I look forward to carrying on The Bee’s strong tradition of well-reasoned and fact-based editorials, pointed editorial cartoons and inclusive op-ed pieces,” Morain said in a news release from the company.

Before joining The Bee, Morain spent much of his 35-year career with the Los Angeles Times, where he first covered state government as a member of the Times' Sacramento bureau. He was the lead reporter covering the state budget for five years and the governor's office for another four years.