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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: Is county shelter really worth an extra $2 million?

    Only in government would your workload be cut by half but not your budget or number of employees. Specifically, I'm talking about the shelter operations of the Kern County Animal Services Department...

  2. LOIS HENRY: Oliver jurors weren't offered a middle ground

    As we were waiting for a verdict in the Bryan Oliver case, a co-worker asked if others felt the jury -- which ultimately hung on both counts -- was inept. I said no. They were just regular people...

  3. LOIS HENRY: 7 things this storm won't do for the drought

    The recent storms (and more to come) are definitely a salve on our collectively parched psyches. But they aren't drought busters. Not by a long shot. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but even 50 more...

  4. LOIS HENRY: Hey, kids: More proof that water is big indeed

    In the world of water, money is always big. I’m talking capital “M” kinda money. So, Kern County’s $230,000 to hire two water consultants and a deputy County Administrative Officer to focus on the...

  5. New hearing on old molest case postponed

    Gerardo Gonzales' quest to undo his plea deal from nearly 30 years ago will have to wait another two months. His motion to withdraw his plea from 1987 will be heard Feb. 23. Gonzales pled no...

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