Mike Wolcott will become editor of Digital First Media’s Chico Enterprise-Record and Oroville Mercury-Register on Jan. 1, said NorCal Community Media Publisher Jim Gleim, who is also E-R publisher.
For four years, Wolcott has overseen the NorCal Design Center at The E-R, which produces the 11 daily newspapers and six weeklies in NorCal Community Media.
Wolcott will succeed David Little, who has been editor for 20 years and group editor for seven. Wolcott will also serve as group editor for NorCal Community Media
“Mike knows the community well, knows our newsroom well and has an incredible love for journalism,” Little said. “As we saw during the Oroville spillway crisis and its aftermath, and now the Camp Fire, we have an incredible team of hard-working, dedicated journalists. It has been an honor to be on this team, and I know Mike will guide them well.”
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