Memorial set for former E-R editor

Celebration of life for longtime Chico newspaper editor

A celebration of life for Bill Lee, former editor of the Chico Enterprise-Record, is scheduled for Saturday (June 20) at the CARD Community Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Lee, who died last October at the age of 96, retired from the E-R in 1983 after 37 years with the paper. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Lee was hired in 1946 by The Chico Enterprise, whose competition at the time was The Chico Record. Eventually the papers merged and Lee became editor.

According to his obituary, as an editor Lee worked to keep the paper fair and accurate and often repeated the quote by muckraking journalist Finley Peter Dunne: “It’s the job of a newspaper to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”