Cheryl Dell, president and publisher of The Sacramento Bee, accepts her Distinguished Service Award from Sacramento State in 2013.
Cheryl Dell ’82 (communication studies) will retire after nine years as president and published of The Sacramento Bee, the newspaper announced last week.
A Modesto native who considers Sacramento home, Dell oversaw the Bee‘s operations during a time when newspapers across the country face declining revenues and readership, a problem exacerbated by the 2008 recession. But she told the Bee she is proud of the high level of journalism the publication has been able to maintain despite these challenges. The newspaper received a Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for editorial cartoons.
Dell’s 30-year career as a newspaper executive included positions at The Fresno Bee and The News-Tribune in Tacoma, Wash, before she returned home in 2008 to assume to top spot at her hometown paper.
“I love this area,” she told Sacramento State in 2013. “I am at home here. That makes it a little more special but, the truth is, publishing newspapers is a great honor anywhere.”
That same year, Dell received Sacramento State’s Distinguished Service Award, given annually to alumni who have achieved prominence in their chosen field and brought distinction to the University and/or their community through their accomplishments. She will be honored again by Sacramento State this May, when she receives an honorary doctorate during Spring Commencement ceremonies at Golden 1 Center.