Fresno Bee editor to leave amid McClatchy shakeup

Editor Joe Kieta is moving on from The Bee as McClatchy continues to consolidate its operations in the Central Valley.

Fresno’s legacy newspaper will be under new leadership soon. 

Fresno Bee Editor Joseph Kieta announced that he is leaving the Fresno Bee in late spring. 


The big picture: Along with leaving The Bee, Kieta announced leaving McClatchy altogether after five years on the job. 

  • Kieta did not reveal what his next career stop will be. 

The backstory: Kieta took over the Bee in 2018 after longtime editor Jim Boren retired. 

  • Kieta’s replacement of Boren ended up being a familiar theme around The Bee as several longtime Bee reporters and editors left their posts to be replaced by a younger and cheaper staff. 
  • Those cost-cutting moves came as McClatchy emerged from bankruptcy. 
  • Kieta also oversaw a shift in The Bee’s operations to include partnerships with nonprofits such as Fresnoland to help fill the pages of the paper. 
  • The Bee also downsized from its longtime office at 1626 E Street under Kieta’s watch, leasing a downtown space from Bitwise before shifting to remote work. The Bee currently leases a small office in the Bitwise South Stadium building in downtown. 

What we’re watching: McClatchy is replacing Kieta with Don Blount, although the move appears to be a sign of further consolidation from the struggling media company. 

  • Blount serves as the Central Valley Executive Editor and oversees the Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star in addition to the Fresno Bee. 

What they’re saying: “Yesterday I announced to the staff that I’ll leave The Fresno Bee and McClatchy in late spring,” Kieta wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “I’m proud of our accomplishments, which include change-making journalism and the establishment of donor-supported reporting labs that have added back important reporting firepower.”

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