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Lois Henry

Assistant Managing Editor/Columnist

Employed at The Californian from 1990 until today — so far.

Frankly, the less you know about this person the better. Bitter is the best word to describe Lois Henry. And, really, who can blame her. Reared and educated (a relative term at best) in the dusty ag town of Fresno, she obviously didn't make much headway before landing in yet another dusty ag town - Bakersfield.

Sure, she covered plenty of beats, city, county, state government, social services and finally oil. But then in 1997 she chained herself to a desk becoming Metro Editor, then assistant managing editor in 1999. For many years, she could be found slogging through copy muttering about too many dashes, harassing hapless reporters about the need for a "who cares?" graph in their stories and barking orders at no one in particular.

In 2007, she took up the pen again, writing a twice weekly column (how she gets paid for this claptrap is an ongoing mystery). The good part is she's no longer annoying reporters and editors in the newsroom. The bad part, for you anyway, is she's back out in the world.

Our best advice is to just leave her alone and hope for the best.

Hobbies: Writing joke bios

Morbid fears: Clowns

Wisest words she ever spoke: Never, ever, ever turn your back on a chimpanzee!

Recent Articles from Lois Henry
  1. LOIS HENRY: A lesson on the true meaning of transparency

    It's easy to talk about transparency in government. But as we've seen time and again, walking that walk takes a lot of practice for some agencies. And in my view, the Kern High School District has...

  2. LOIS HENRY: Local water districts feel cheated by 'exchange'

    Oh, the fascinating stuff our protracted drought is revealing. I’m not talking about tires and old town foundations at the bottom of California’s reservoirs. This drought is also putting long-held...

  3. LOIS HENRY: Wings program making a difference, but it's not enough

    I hate to say it, but Bakersfield's legendary apathy toward one of our most intractable yet curable problems seems to have done it again. Wings of Rescue, an all volunteer organization out of Los...

  4. KERN'S BONES: Digging up treasures past and present

    Sorry, no snarky column today. Instead, I wanted to alert you to a new feature you won’t want to miss. We’re calling it “Kern’s Bones: Digging up treasures past and present.” (The name may change,...

  5. LOIS HENRY: UCLA’s immense power couldn’t squash this ‘David’

    The reality of our world is that sometimes David slays Goliath and sometimes he has to settle for giving the big Phillistine a black eye. Such is life when dealing with giants who have all the money...

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