Assistant Managing Editor

News Sacramento, CA


The Sacramento Bee is seeking an Assistant Managing Editor to lead our local news coverage and collaborate with a dynamic news team focused on breaking news and producing enterprise, accountability and investigative journalism. The Sacramento region offers a vast array of news opportunities for our award-winning newsroom, and this editor plays a pivotal role in creating innovative and engaging ways to cover the capital of California and Northern California. 

Local news here is also state news, and this position opens many doors to crafting coverage for the Sacramento region. A half million people live in Sacramento, and our coverage extends beyond the city limits with content that explains the issues for those who live in its surrounding counties. This editor works closely with our investigative, enterprise, utility, visuals and political editors to help us deliver high-impact coverage of the area’s growing communities. The Assistant Managing Editor leads our efforts to deliver exclusive and essential stories about criminal justice, local government, homelessness, education, equity and more.

In recent months, our local team has covered major breaking news about downtown shootings and the attendant safety issues, wildfires and floods. We have exposed a city councilman for not living in the district he represents, covered lawsuits about sexual abuse from a teacher, prompting others to sue their abusers, and uncovered discrimination in schools. Our stories are urgent and deep, and our local assistant managing editor steers them with an eye toward serving the community and improving lives with useful news and information.

The Sacramento Bee is part of McClatchy, a digitally-driven company focused on innovation, with newsrooms in 30 communities in the U.S., and we are committed to producing journalism that makes a difference. Ethnically diverse, lively and growing, Sacramento offers cultural and recreational delights, with a thriving arts and dining scene in its urban and suburban areas. And it offers the natural wonders of California. We’re close to the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe, as well as San Francisco and the ocean. 

This is an ideal position for an editor who wishes to dig deep into local news,beat coverage and story development, while guiding reporters in reporting and writing. This editor is a leader in our newsroom, helping to develop innovative strategies and ensure that The Bee’s local news coverage is unmatched in our competitive media landscape.


The anticipated base pay range for this position is between $105,000 and $130,000 annually. Individual base pay may vary within that range depending on job-related knowledge, skills, experience, relevant education, department equity, training, geography, and local wage and hours laws.

In this role, you will need to:

  • Focus on audience first and always, with a commitment to tactics that grow readership.
  • Master engaging multimedia storytelling.
  • Demonstrate a command of audience analytics and knowledge of the tactics that deliver results.
  • Demonstrate speed, competitiveness and SEO savvy.
  • Work closely with reporters and collaborate with visual editors and our audience growth team.
  • Work well in a team environment. 
  • Display strong interpersonal skills, including empathy and a superior ear for tone. 

The successful candidate should meet the following requirements:

  • College degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Three years of editing experience.
  • Strong editing skills, excellent news judgment and a demonstrated ability to “see the story” that is going to matter to readers.
  • Unwavering commitment to accurate, ethical journalism.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to aggressively tackle stories.
  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced and constantly evolving.

What we’ll bring:
As a journalist at McClatchy, you will join a supportive, flexible, collaborative team. McClatchy strives to be an employer of choice, and our benefits package is made with this goal in mind. With a focus on health, well-being, wealth and daily life, our package options includes healthcare coverage for employees and their families, financial protection from expected and unexpected expenses, multiple no-cost wellness resources and even coverage for four-legged friends.

Our overall benefits package also includes a 401(k) with employer match, competitive paid time off and corporate holidays, and a variety of mental health benefits. With an excellent support team and with focus on your well-being as a top corporate strategy, McClatchy provides benefits to support you and your family in achieving your health and wellness goals. For more information on McClatchy's benefit plan, please visit

To apply, include a cover letter, your resume and examples of your work that show your editing direction and efforts.

About McClatchy:
Our impact is growing every day. 30 growing markets. More than 65 million monthly readers. 56 Pulitzer Prizes. A strong portfolio of dynamic partnerships and smart investments. Our award-winning journalism, digital reach, and commitment to innovative growth have never been stronger.

As a member of the McClatchy family, you are part of a flexible, empowering, and exciting culture dedicated to creating a work/life balance and consistent opportunities for growth—a place where you have a voice and the ability to impact our future. It’s an exciting time to be here. Our company is experiencing the most transformative period in its history. We’re growing rapidly in the digital space and delivering award-winning journalism in innovative ways.

McClatchy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) for all applicants and employees. McClatchy considers all candidates without regard to basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, medical condition, family care status, pregnancy or physical disability (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), or any other basis protected by state and federal laws.