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Marek new publisher of Manteca Bulletin

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POSTED March 30, 2013 2:31 a.m.

Jennifer Marek is the new publisher of the Manteca Bulletin.

The longtime Manteca resident started with the Manteca Bulletin in October 2004 in advertising sales. Marek was promoted to classified manager and then overall advertising manager before being named the general manager for the Oakdale Leader in May 2006.

“I like local newspapers as they are the only place you can go to get news of your community whether it is city council coverage, high school football games or things happening in your schools and neighborhood,” Marek said.

Marek attended St. Anthony’s School and graduated from East Union High. She will graduate in May from California State University, Stanislaus with a business administration degree with a concentration on marketing.

Marek enjoys being involved in the community. She runs, follows sports - especially the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers - plays golf, and reads in her spare time.

Hank Vander Veen has been named the group publisher of Morris Newspapers of Northern California. The MNC group includes the Manteca Bulletin, Ripon Bulletin Turlock Journal, Ceres Courier, Oakdale Leader, Escalon Times, and Riverbank News.

The Ripon resident has been at the helm of the Turlock Journal for the past year.

“We are very excited for Hank in his new position as group publisher. He has exhibited leadership and vision as publisher of Turlock, and we look forward to great things to come from the group,” said Charles Hill Morris, Jr. of Morris Multimedia.

Since joining the Journal and the MNC group, Vander Veen has made community partnerships a priority. He has sought to further engage readers in their hometown newspapers, while promoting local business and industry.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the efforts of our Morris Multimedia print publications and web products in Central California.  We will continue to focus on local news in each of our distinct publications while offering a joint regional approach for extended market presence for our advertising partners,” Vander Veen said.

Vander Veen will continue to work out of the joint Turlock Journal and Ceres Courier office, located at 138 S. Center St., in Turlock.

A search is currently underway to find a new publisher for Oakdale.

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