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Neil Chase

Neil Chase will become chief executive officer of CALmatters, a CNPA Digital News Member, on Jan. 2, the nonprofit news organization said.

Chase has been executive editor of Digital First Media properties The Mercury News and the East Bay Times since 2016 and previously had been a senior vice president at Federated Media Publishing, managing editor at CBS MarketWatch and continuous news editor at The New York Times.

At CALmatters, Chase will assume the CEO position from David Lesher, CALmatters co-founder, who will continue to serve as editor.

“Dave Lesher and his team have produced impactful one-of-a-kind stories about state politics that have provided insight and analysis to the growing readership served by CALmatters,” said Simone Coxe, co-founder and board chair. “Neil’s marketing and business acumen will be critical as we expand our statewide reach and grow and diversify our revenue.”