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.

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.

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.

Lauren Gustus is Regional Editor in California, overseeing newsrooms in Sacramento, Fresno, Modesto, Merced and San Luis Obispo, in addition to Boise, Idaho. She lives in Sacramento with her two young boys and husband Zach. After graduating from Pepperdine University, where she started her career by covering beach access issues as a freelancer for the Malibu Times, Gustus caught on with the Los Angeles Daily News as a sports reporter. She worked for the Salt Lake Tribune, Reno Gazette-Journal and Fort Collins Coloradoan as a reporter and editor before joining McClatchy. While working as Executive Editor in Colorado, Gustus fought for improved access to open records. A two-year effort resulted in changes to state law that mandated records be made available digitally. She’s thrilled to be back in California and eager to lead local and statewide reporting efforts. Gustus can be reached at, 916-321-1004 or on Twitter at @laurengustus.