Biographies of key executives at The State Media Company.
Lett is responsible for the news-gathering operations of The State and thestate.com, including local, state and national news, sports, business, features and photography.
He joined The State in 1998 as executive editor and vice-president. Lett previously was editor of the Post-Tribune in Gary, Indiana, and was assistant managing editor of The Detroit News. Lett is a former labor writer, auto editor, projects editor, state editor, national editor and city editor of The Detroit News.
Lett also was city editor of The Pittsburgh Press and was deputy city editor of the Detroit Free Press.
A native of Lincoln Park, Michigan, he attended Central Michigan University and is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit.
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Richard is responsible for regional production operations and facilities for The State, the Rock Hill Herald, the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News and Observer (McClatchy Company markets).
His primary location is Raleigh (NC) where he serves as Senior Vice President of Operations and Strategic Planning at the Raleigh News & Observer. He joined the News & Observer in 2005. Prior to joining the News and Observer he worked at the The Indianapolis Star for 15 years in several production management roles.
Richard earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is a board member of the North Carolina Press Association and in 2010 was recognized by Editor and Publisher as an All Star for Senior Management in newspaper operations.
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Bernie Heller has close to 25 years of experience working in sales, marketing and advertising. He began his newspaper career in New Jersey at SJ Newspapers and The Star-Ledger in the early 90s before relocating to Dallas in late 2003.
He worked with The Dallas Morning News for close to 4 years overseeing national and major retail sales and working his way up to VP Advertising. After leaving The Dallas Morning News, he joined Tribune Media Net as Director of Regional Sales, working with Tribune Company's media properties including The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Newsday. From 2009 to mid 2011 he worked in a business/new product development role with a number of interactive organizations including the Dallas-based e-Miles and Virginia-based Bulletin News Network.
Bernie relocated to Columbia in June 2011 to work with The State Media Company as Director of Classified Advertising. In September 2011, he was named VP Advertising.
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Diane has been employed by Knight Ridder/McClatchy since 1988 in management roles in various departments, including News, Production, Information Systems, Marketing, Circulation and Human Resources.
She is a certified career coach and a board member for the Columbia chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management. Diane has volunteered with the United Way of the Midlands and United Way agencies since 2000. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University.
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Kelly is responsible for the financial operations of The State. She relocated to Columbia and joined the newspaper in 2006. Prior to The State, Kelly served as the Chief Financial Officer for The Bradenton Herald in Florida and has held various financial positions in the newspaper industry before that.
She is a native of Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Accounting.
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Gary returned to his newsroom roots when he became online editor in April 2007. Prior to that, he served in a number of technology management roles at The State and The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News. He installed and managed publishing systems at The Sun News and joined the information systems department at The State in 1993.
Before becoming a technology manager at The Sun News, he worked in the newsroom as a reporter, copy editor, news editor and metro editor.
He received a BA in Journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a native of northeastern North Carolina.
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Warren Bolton is an associate editor and member of The State's editorial board. His primary area of focus is local government.
The Columbia native has been with the paper for more than two decades.
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Derek Lawson was appointed Information Technology Site Manager for The State in May, 2008.
Derek previously held positions at The State including IT Manager, Network Manager, as well as serving in other technology-related positions. He joined The State in April, 1997. Previously he served as Network Manager for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
A native of Greenwood, S.C., Derek received a BA from Lander University in 1992. He, his wife Angie Lawson, and son Garrett Lawson reside in Camden, S.C.
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