Fresno Bee veteran newsman John Rich named managing editor

John Rich, most recently The Bee’s assistant managing editor/news, has been named managing editor.

Executive Editor Jim Boren, who made the announcement Friday, said Rich is a dedicated journalist who understands every part of the newspaper’s operation.

“John has played a crucial role in The Bee’s transition to a digital-first newspaper,” Boren said. “John loves the printed newspaper and understands that expanding technology allows the great work of our journalists to have a much broader reach through our digital platforms.”

Rich’s leadership role will expand from overseeing The Bee’s local news and sports sections to working with all departments in the newsroom.

Rich, a native of Auburn, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Fresno.

He worked at The Modesto Bee from 1980 until 1984, when he joined the sports department at The Fresno Bee.

Rich, 53, was promoted to sports editor in 1995, became metro editor in 2000 and assistant managing editor in 2005.

“I’m looking forward to working with all of our outstanding journalists as we continue to position The Bee as the central San Joaquin Valley’s news leader,” Rich said. “It’s an exciting time to work at a newspaper: We certainly have challenges, as any business today has, but we also have tremendous opportunities to share the stories of the Valley in print and online, in fresh ways.

“We’ll always keep in mind advice I took to heart early in my career: The four most important words are, ‘Tell me a story.’ We all want to share stories, and we aim to be a trusted source telling the story of the Valley.”