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New editor at The Union

Pat Butler, a 22-year veteran of the news business who has directed award-winning staffs at two other newspapers, has joined The Union as editor.

Butler, 48, began his new job Monday supervising a staff of 19 reporters, editors and photographers in the paper’s coverage of western Nevada County.

“I think Pat will be a great fit for The Union,” said Publisher Jeff Ackerman. “He has a history of coaching, which is really what I was looking for. We can always improve.



“At the same time, I was looking for someone who really wanted to be a part of this great community, and Pat convinced me that this is exactly where he wants to be. I think our readers will find Pat to be open and engaging.”

Butler said he is excited about the chance to lead a newsroom in a dynamic area like western Nevada County, a job he believes he’s ready for after more than two decades in the news business.




“This area has such a positive image,” he said. “Whenever I told anyone that I was moving here, they said I was going to love it. I haven’t seen anything yet that would make me feel any other way.

“I want the newspaper and TheUnion.com to continue to be relevant, timely, informative and interesting. I’m also looking forward to getting out and learning more about the area.”

Butler comes to The Union from the Redding Record Searchlight, where he spent five years as city editor of the 40,000-circulation daily newspaper. He directed 10 full-time reporters and other personnel in that position.

The newspaper’s reporting staff won several awards for investigative reporting and news coverage during his tenure, including a first place for breaking news from the Associated Press News Executive Council for the paper’s coverage of a courthouse shooting in Yreka in 2000.

Butler has also worked as a reporter for the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal, news editor at the Sioux Falls, S.D., Argus Leader, and as an assistant city editor at the Fort Collins, Colo., Coloradoan.

A native of South Dakota, Butler spent three years in the U.S. Army as a military policeman before obtaining a degree in journalism from South Dakota State University. He has a 15-year-old son, Sean, who lives in Mendocino County.

He replaces Richard Somerville, who resigned in January to form a newspaper consulting firm, Media Foresight Associates of Grass Valley.

Butler can be reached at patb@theunion.com or 477-4235.

Bio in brief

Pat Butler, 48

Born: Wagner, S.D.

Education: Bachelor of arts, journalism, South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

Family: One son, Sean, 15.

Military Service: Military policeman, U.S. Army, 1976-79.

Work Highlights:

• City editor, Redding Record Searchlight

• Reporter, Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal

• News editor, Sioux Falls, S.D., Argus Leader

• Assistant city editor, Fort Collins, Colo., Coloradoan


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