3 staffers join The Union’s editorial team
The Union’s efforts to build a stronger newspaper for our readers have been enhanced by the addition of three new editors to the news staff.
Dixie Redfearn has been named Readership Editor. She will coordinate The Union’s contacts with readers and contributors, as well as help the newspaper focus on key topics of interest for the community.
Redfearn grew up in Southern California, attending Cal State Fullerton and the University of California at Irvine. Her journalism experience includes 23 years of newspaper and wire service work. She worked for 12 years at The Orange County Register and was an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Southern California. She and her husband, Robert, have lived in Nevada County four years and have four children and eight grandchildren.
Kim Midboe, named to the newly created position of Design Editor, will supervise the overall “look” of The Union, making sure all sections of the newspaper not only are attractive to readers, but are easy to navigate.
Midboe, has been in the newspaper business 27 years, and has been a design star for our advertising department since moving to Nevada County from Merced about seven years ago.
Debra Pardee, the new Copy Desk Chief, will be in charge of the timely production of our news pages. She and her colleagues pull together all the day’s stories, photos and graphics, edit for accuracy, and write compelling headlines – all on deadline so the presses can roll on time.
Pardee, from Ashland, Oregon, has had nearly 20 years’ experience in publishing, including editorial and production positions at newspapers in Oregon’s Rogue Valley. She also has been a teacher in Oregon and Nevada.
– Richard Somerville, The Union editor
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