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From AJR,   April 2003

Her Own Shop   

Carolina Garcia lands the executive editor’s job at California’s Monterey County Herald, after five years as managing editor at the San Antonio Express-News.

By Kathryn S. Wenner
Kathryn S. Wenner, a former AJR associate editor, is a copy editor at the Washington Post.     

After five years as managing editor at the San Antonio Express-News, Carolina Garcia gets the chance to run her own newsroom as executive editor of California's Monterey County Herald. "I felt very strongly that I have a journalistic vision in San Antonio," Garcia says. But "there's a really different feeling about it when you can be the editor of a paper." At the 35,000-circulation Knight Ridder daily she joins Publisher Jayne Speizer, who came on board in February, in trying to figure out how to serve a readership that includes the Pebble Beach superrich, Monterey's tourist traders and a rapidly growing Hispanic population, especially in agricultural Salinas. Garcia, who turns 49 this month, is known for her work to promote diversity in news coverage and in newsrooms. The Texas native says she'll miss San Antonio--where "news just falls from the sky."