Meet the Editorial Board

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.

Gil Durán is California Opinion Editor, leading strategy for McClatchy Newspapers’ opinion pages in Sacramento, Fresno, Modesto, Merced and San Luis Obispo. A native of Tulare, Durán started his career as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News after graduating from DePauw University in 1998. In 2003, Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown appointed Durán as his press secretary. He went on to serve as a spokesman for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and Senator Dianne Feinstein before returning to serve as Brown’s press secretary in the governor’s office from 2011-2013. Before returning to journalism full-time, Durán launched FrameLab, a podcast about language and politics he co-hosts with UC Berkeley cognitive scientist Dr. George Lakoff. He also wrote op-eds for The Sacramento Bee and the Guardian. He can be reached at, 916-321-1097 or on Twitter at @gilduran76.

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.

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.

Cassie Dickman is the Deputy Op-Ed Editor for The Sacramento Bee. A native of the East Bay, Dickman graduated from Los Medanos College in Pittsburg with an associate’s degree in journalism before transferring to Sacramento State, where she graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in creative writing. Dickman also served as a breaking news intern for The Bee from 2017 to 2019. She can be reached at, 916-321-1814 or on Twitter at @ByCassieDickman.