Contact Us

Richard Beene
Follow Me

Follow /name on Twitter @RevRico

Richard Beene

President & CEO

Beene was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and reared in the Atlanta suburbs and has spent his entire career in newspapers on both the editorial and business side. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 1998 after serving four years as Executive Editor.

His duties include overseeing the flagship Bakersfield Californian as well as the affiliate company Valley Direct. In addition to the daily newspaper, The Californian produces a glossy city lifestyle magazine called BakersfieldLife and a range of digital products including the community portal bakersfield.com. The Tehachapi News, a community weekly about an hour from Bakersfield, is also part of the operation as well as a community telephone book division.

Beene joined The Californian after seven years with The Los Angeles Times, where he worked in the Orange County, South Bay and San Fernando Valley offices serving in a variety of editing and management positions. He was part of the reporting teams awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Prior to that, Beene worked as a journalist overseas, serving as Latin American bureau chief in Mexico City for The Dallas Times Herald, an editor at the Spanish News Agency EFE in Madrid and as Cairo bureau chief for United Press International.

He also worked as state manager for UPI in Miami and Birmingham, Alabama, an editor on the UPI Foreign Desk in New York, political writer for UPI in Atlanta and in editing positions at The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal and Warner Robins (Ga.) Daily Sun.

Beene graduated with a degree in history and a minor in journalism from Georgia Southern University.

Recent Articles from Richard Beene
  1. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    THIEVES Here’s a new technique that thieves use to break into our garages, and pay special attention if you own bicycles or motorcycles. A friend who lives on Country Club Drive in the northeast...

  2. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    WEATHER How great has our weather been the past week? I slept with my windows open (making my tabby a happy cat), and I picked up the unmistakable scent of meat on the grill throughout my downtown...

  3. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    OIL PRICES: Oil producers have sharply curtailed drilling as the price of crude has plummeted, but it may not last for long. At least that is the opinion of oil magnate T. Boone Pickens, who...

  4. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    MONTGOMERY WARD: It's amazing how quickly rumors circulate in this age of social media and instant messaging. On Monday, rumors were flying that the old Golden State Mall on F Street was about to be...

  5. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    FRACKING: Gov. Jerry Brown launched a no nonsense defense of hydraulic fracturing on "Meet the Press" Sunday, dismissing host Chuck Todd's concerns that the practice uses too much water and could be...

Today's Daily Deal
from
Bakersfield.com
$10
Daily Deal Image
Enviro Cleaners
$20 of Dry Cleaning for only $10
  • Value
    $20
  • Savings
    $10
  • Bought
    5
Buy Now