Stuart Leavenworth, a Bee editorial writer and associate editor, was named the paper's editorial page editor Friday.
The veteran journalist's promotion was announced by Cheryl Dell, publisher and president, and Melanie Sill, editor and senior vice president, following a nationwide search. Dell cited Leavenworth's ability to "frame issues to help readers come to their own conclusions about the challenges facing our region."
A Fresno native, Leavenworth replaces David Holwerk, who left The Bee in June to join a nonprofit foundation in Ohio.
Leavenworth, 49, has been on The Bee's editorial board for five years, writing editorials and columns on state government, the environment and other topics.
For the past five months he has been writing a blog and columns about his experience as a chef's apprentice at Oliveto, an Oakland restaurant where he's been working while on sabbatical. He'll start his new post in late September.
A 2005 profile of Leavenworth said he lives in midtown and rides his bike to work. I have nothing against people who live in midtown and ride their bike to work. But you can bet the rent money Stuart lives inside the elitist/Dem bubble that is Midtown Sacramento.
From comments at the Bee's web site:
So will he continue as his predecessors have done earning what would be a more accurate description of the job title: propagandist and debate suppressor in chief?