Editor Brian Clark puts an end to Modesto Bee’s long career


After 31 years with The Modesto Bee, editor Brian Clark is stepping down to pursue other interests. Its last day will be December 3.

Clark has been an editor since March 2018. Under the direction of his newsroom, The Bee has won more than 50 national and regional awards, including one for public service related to the news agency‘s coverage of the impact. of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Latino community.

“Our success is purely the result of the tireless work of the people in our newsroom,” said Clark. “There are no journalists I would rather be associated with than those who have faithfully served our readers in Stanislaus County and surrounding areas. “

Under Clark and with the support of community leaders, businesses, readers and national funders like Report for America, The Bee has hired four journalists over the past three years to cover children’s health, education, underserved communities and economic development.

The Bee’s Economic Mobility Lab, made up of three of these journalists, reached out to communities and delved into issues that had received little coverage, as changes in the industry over the years forced organizations to withdraw. due to personnel issues.

In recent years, The Bee has led discussions on important topics. A forum in June 2019 was held at the Gallo Center for the Arts as part of the journal’s California Priorities series focused on the health of children and seniors. The debate at the State Theater in January 2020 drew a sold-out crowd to hear our candidates from the 10th Congressional District discuss important issues impacting the residents of Stanislaus County.

Most recently, The Bee hosted virtual town hall forums on everything from education and the impacts of COVID-19 to civilian police oversight and candidate debates.

Additionally, Clark, in partnership with the Stanislaus Community Foundation, helped rejuvenate the Book of Dreams project in 2018 and, over two years, raised over $ 165,000 for local charities, including a record of $ 86,000 in 2019. The program has been implemented. hold for two years due to the logistics of the pandemic.

“It’s easy to be successful when you have the support of the community,” Clark said. “Stanislaus County and its people are up to any occasion, when needed. “

Clark started at The Bee in October 1990 as a sports writer, page designer, and columnist.

“For more than three decades, Brian has been dedicated to serving the community and ensuring that The Modesto Bee delivers essential news and information that readers cannot find anywhere else,” said Colleen Nelson, editor at California regional leader. “Brian’s focus on our readers has been unwavering and his leadership in the newsroom has been invaluable. We’re going to build on the solid foundation he laid, but Brian will be sorely missed at The Modesto Bee. “

Clark began his career as a sports editor at the Turlock Journal in 1987. A few years after joining The Bee of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he rose through the management ranks, becoming a sports editor.

Over the next 13 years, he led the sports department and rose to the news as the weekend editor and deputy city editor, in charge of reporters covering health, growth and l ‘environment.

From the news department he went digital, stepping up The Bee’s efforts in real-time reporting, video production on modbee.com and focusing on audience development through social media and optimization of search engine.

“I had a great run at The Bee and enjoyed the many positions I have held,” he said. “Nothing, however, matches working for and alongside some of the best journalists and co-workers in the business. “

This story was originally published November 28, 2021 5:00 a.m.