It seems fairly certain that one of these days soon, if the gift money holds out, KPCC will have one of the largest newsrooms in Southern California — not just in radio, but in any media. And they're going to be led on that adventure in part by ex-newspaper editors. Today the station named Melanie Sill, former editor of the Sacramento Bee, as executive editor. "In her new position, Sill will oversee KPCC’s day-to-day news-gathering operation across KPCC's broadcast, digital and social media platforms," the station's story says. "The nonprofit is aggressively working to build out its online news service with ambitions to become the region’s preeminent source for information across multiple media." KPCC previously named Russ Stanton, the former editor of the Los Angeles Times, as vice president of content. "[Sill] brings a wealth of news and managerial experience to this new position," Stanton says in the release. "Most importantly, she has been a force of change in two newsrooms, leading efforts to restructure staffs to better compete in the digital age."
Sill was editor and senior vice president of the Bee for nearly four years through May 2011. KPCC says she stepped down to take part in a six-month Executive-in-Residence program at USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Sill blogs here and tweets here.
Photo of Sill: KPCC