Cheryl Dell, former Sacramento Bee publisher, awarded honorary degree

Cheryl Dell.
Cheryl Dell.

Former Sacramento Bee publisher and president Cheryl Dell was presented with an honorary degree from her alma mater Saturday during Sacramento State’s College of Arts and Letters commencement ceremony.

Dell was awarded with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters title after nine years of spearheading The McClatchy Co.’s flagship paper and working 30 years in the newspaper industry.

Dell graduated from California State University, Sacramento, in 1982 with a degree in communications studies. School President Robert Nelsen said Dell was selected for the honorary degree in recognition of her impact on the state as a communications leader.

Before her time at The Sacramento Bee, Dell worked as a publisher for McClatchy papers in Tacoma and Kennewick, Wash. Dell announced her retirement from her post at The Sacramento Bee in March.

“Her goal was to ensure that the 160-year-old newspaper in Sacramento continued to play an essential role of keeping the university and the region informed,” Nelsen said at the ceremony.

Gary Wortel, publisher of the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, replaced Dell following her retirement and took on the role of regional publisher, overseeing a total of 10 McClatchy papers in the West.

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