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Jamie Butow

Community Engagement Coordinator

Jamie Butow has been a journalist since discovering her love of media in junior high. She pestered her way on to her high school newspaper staff where she was (ironically) promoted to editor in chief her senior year. She went on to study journalism at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, and earn a journalism degree from San Diego State University. While at SDSU she also participated on the speech and debate teams and served as editor in chief of the award-winning daily student-run newspaper, The Daily Aztec.

Thrown from academia, Jamie made her way to the Central Valley, landing her first job as a copy editor for the Visalia Times-Delta. During the next 11 years she served in a variety of roles including sports editor, assistant managing editor of presentation and magazine editor. She was the news editor when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred, and the organization's first online editor waaaaay back when the web was considered just a passing fad. In 2009 she moved into the role of local news editor, overseeing the daily news flow for both print and online. During her time with the Gannett-owned paper, she earned several awards including being named one of the company's Outstanding Supervisors in 2003.

In December 2009, Jamie traded cows for carrots and joined the staff of the Bakersfield Californian. When she's not wrangling online blogs and comments on, or, she is raising her young son, planning activities wih the Cub Scouts, inevitably playing fetch with her dogs, working on completing her master's degree, and wishing she had time to run a fourth marathon.

Recent Articles from Jamie Butow
  1. JAMIE BUTOW: Does the Internet make or break a relationship?

    Do you share your password with your spouse or significant other? Do you have joint email and social media accounts? Have postings online been a source of tension in your relationship? It's not much...

  2. JAMIE BUTOW: Reporting tools change with growth of social media

    Way back in the dark-ages of journalism, reporters and editors used to flock to the lobby on the day new phone books arrived. These were super-valuable (and still are in many cases) as we went off to...

  3. JAMIE BUTOW: The day Richard Sherman blew up the Internet

    "Oh dear lord." That's what was going through my mind as I watched Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman seemingly lose his marbles on TV after they won the NFC Championship. "This is going viral,"...

  4. JAMIE BUTOW: Live, laugh, love and click the 'share' button wisely

    My family moved to a new city in the middle of my fourth-grade year. One Friday I left my old school and on Monday I started at a new school. I was 9 years old and nervous that no one would like me....

  5. JAMIE BUTOW: A little advice for tablet buyers

    Kindle, iPad, Nook, Galaxy, Nexus and Surface. Are you confused? You're not alone. Heck, I own one and use several others regularly and I can't keep up with who has the latest what on the market....

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