Rick Rodriguez has been the top editor at The Bee since June 1998, having risen through the ranks after joining the paper in November 1982 as a political writer in the paper's state Capitol Bureau.
As executive editor, he is in charge of the overall news operations of The Bee, which has a daily circulation of 295,000 and a Sunday circulation of 350,000.
Prior to becoming executive editor, Rodriguez was managing editor for five years. He joined the Sacramento Bee from another McClatchy newspaper, The Fresno Bee. He began his career with his hometown newspaper, The Salinas Californian.
Rodriguez graduated from Stanford University in 1976 with a B.A. in communications. He also attended Hartnell Community College.
Rodriguez is a long-time board member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and is slated to become president in 2005. He would be the first Latino to be ASNE's president.