After a year at the helm of the Turlock Journal, Hank Vander Veen was named group publisher of Morris Newspapers of Northern California. The MNC group includes the Journal, Ceres Courier, Oakdale Leader, Escalon Times, Riverbank News, Manteca Bulletin and Ripon Bulletin.

"We are very excited for Hank in his new position as group publisher. He has exhibited leadership and vision as publisher of Turlock, and we look forward to great things to come from the group," said Charles Hill Morris, Jr. of Morris Multimedia.