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Changing the line-up with new columnists

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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2002 10:00 pm

You’ve probably noticed some new faces on and in the Lodi News-Sentinel of late, or faces that are appearing more frequently.

As baseball managers do from time to time, we’ve changed the line-up. We’ve added more variety and local perspective to the News-Sentinel’s editorial pages.

I wanted to take a moment and more formally introduce the members of our new roster.

•Chet Diestel: The News-Sentinel’'s city editor, Chet grew up in Southern California and attended a rough-and-tumble, all-boys high school in Los Angeles. (He’s helping organize the first reunion of his class in more than three decades.)

Chet comes from a military family and served in the U.S. Army. Following his military service, he returned to California, enrolled in college, and discovered journalism.

Richard Hanner

He worked for the Pasadena Star-News for 16 years, spent a year editing publications for the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and worked for six years at the Hanford Sentinel where he was that newspaper’s opinion editor.

As anyone in the newsroom can attest, Chet has a marvelous memory for facts and figures. He has an avid interest in history, especially the American Civil War. Often, Chet’s expertise in history and military affairs is reflected in his columns. But he has also written columns about such topics as train travel and the use of slang.

Chet emphasizes that he does not feel “stuck in Lodi.”

“Great city, great people, a lake, a river and 60,000 acres of grape vineyards,” he said. “Who could ask for anything more?”

•David Harris: David is a graduate of Lodi High School, where he served as features editor of The Flame. He currently attends California State University, Chico, where he majors in communications design. He enjoys golf, swimming and baseball. Many of David’s columns deal with transitions from youth to adulthood, from a small city to university life.

• Charlie Hammond: Charlie is a rarity — a truck driver with a journalism degree. He has lived and worked in Little Rock, Ark., Manhattan and Lake Tahoe, where he briefly lived his dream of being a ski bum. He currently lives in Acampo. Hammond’s columns are typically laced with humor and reflect his goal of living “an unconventional, interesting and fulfilling life.”

Richard Hanner is the Lodi News-Sentinel’s editor. He can be reached at (209) 369-7035; at 125 N. Church St., or via e-mail.

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