Lauren Gustus

President, The Sacramento Bee

West Region Editor, McClatchy

Lauren was named President of The Sacramento Bee in April 2020.

She continues to serve as West Region Editor for McClatchy, overseeing news strategy for the media company’s 10 properties in Washington, Idaho and California. She also leads the company’s community-funding efforts.

Prior to joining the company, she served as the Executive Editor of the Coloradoan. While in Fort Collins, Lauren worked to make new law with respect to digital access of public records. Lauren was at the Reno (Nevada) Gazette-Journal prior to Fort Collins, becoming Reno’s first female sports editor when she arrived. Under her leadership, the organization was recognized nationally for its coverage of the housing crisis and Great Recession.

Lauren’s first job in journalism was as a reporter for The Malibu Times, where she worked while in school at Pepperdine. She joined the Los Angeles Daily News a day after graduation.

Lauren is the mother of two boys – Sam and Leo, ages 6 and 4 years – and enjoys skiing, paddleboarding and hiking with family on weekends.