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Alumni update: Paul Feist (and Sarah Williams)

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Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 12:00 am

A couple of friends with links to Lodi journalism are now working for our governor.

Former LNS reporter Paul Feist has recently been named chief deputy cabinet secretary for theSchwarzenegger administration.

Paul left the LNS for The Record, where we were colleagues for many years. He ascended to metro editor at The Record, then moved upward and onward to The Chronicle, eventually becoming its Sacramento bureau chief.

He departed the Chron earlier this year and became communications secretary for the Labor and Workforce agency. And now, to the inner sanctum. (Paul is also a former lacrosse player who coaches in a regional lacrosse league.)

Paul is married to Dianne Barth, another LNS alum who now handles communications for the San Joaquin Council of Governments.

Also working for the governor now is Sarah Williams, who covered Lodi schools for The Record. She and I worked together in the recently closed Record bureau at School and Locust streets.

Sarah left The Record for the Seattle Times, then joined the Sacramento Bee as features editor, and now serves as a speechwriter for Schwarzenegger. (OK, it is true that Sarah did not work at the LNS. But she did toil as a journalist in Lodi, she's spoken to the writer's group here at the Sentinel - as has Paul - and is an all-around great person. So we've bestowed honorary LNS alumni status on her.)

Paul and Sarah are both superb journalists. Alas, times are changing in news and some of the best and brightest are moving on.

A shame for newspaper readers; an enrichment for the governor's staff.