Veteran newspaperwoman Susan Meeker has officially joined the staff of the Williams Pioneer Review.
In her new role, Meeker will serve as the newspaper’s advertising manager, helping Publisher Lloyd Green, Jr. develop marketing strategies that help Colusa County businesses make impactful marketing decisions.
She will also serve as the newspaper’s education reporter, utilizing her knowledge of the local schools and her extensive experience in journalism.
“I’m excited to join the Pioneer Review at a time when it has already surpassed all other publications in local news coverage and readership in Colusa County,” Meeker said. “It shows that the community truly wants, trusts and supports local news from local people.”
Meeker added the Pioneer Review is the only locally-owned and operated newspaper in Colusa County, and subscribers have made it clear which news source they follow and plan to follow in the future.
“This is important for our local businesses, who want to reach their desired audience,” Meeker said. “This will ultimately help them thrive and grow.”
Meeker, 59, is a Maxwell native and lives in the Delevan area.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1979 from the University of Utah.
Meeker was a longtime reporter for Tri-County Newspapers, and also served as the chief strategist, writer, and editor of most of their special sections, including their agriculture publications.
During the years she and her husband, Mike, lived in Southern California, Meeker managed Metropolitan Marketing Company’s Anaheim office, where she was responsible for overall sales and staff development. She also worked extensively as a freelance writer.
Meeker spent the end of 2016 voluntarily familiarizing herself with clients and assisting Green with the official Colusa Farm Show publication, which will be out to the public the first week in February.
She officially joined the Pioneer Review staff, and assumed the role of education reporter on Monday, Jan. 23, and plans to be a strong presence at local school board meetings and events.
In addition to the regular weekly newspaper, Meeker plans to help Green and Pearson launch a number of special publications such as “The Best of the West,” which will be published March 29, and serve as a guide to Western Days and the best services, food, and companies west of the Sacramento River.
The Pioneer Review also plans to launch a complete fall sports guide, an annual agriculture publication, and other special pages and publications throughout the year.
“I am delighted to have Meeker join our amazing team,” Green said. “Together, we can take the Pioneer Review to the next level, and achieve this newspapers’ mission to keep people informed, to champion the local community and to help our local businesses succeed.”