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Gregory Favre

PolitiFact California Editor

Gregory Favre was born in New Orleans and grew up working on the family newspaper in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. He was assistant sports editor at the Atlanta Journal; press secretary to Rep. Charles Weltner (D-GA); managing editor at the Dayton Daily News; editor of the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post; editor of the Daytona Beach News-Journal; news director at WPLG-TV in Miami; editor of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times; managing editor of the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times; he served as executive editor of The Sacramento Bee from 1984 to 1998. He was appointed vice president of news of The McClatchy Company in 1989 and retired from there in 2001 before becoming a distinguished fellow of journalism values at the Poynter Institute in 2013. In 2015, he was the founding editor of CALmatters, a non-profit journalism venture headquartered in Sacramento. He now serves on the board of CALmatters, as well for a group of family-owned newspwpers in Texas. 

He is a past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and past president of the California Society of Newspaper Editors. In 1992, the California Press Association named him News Executive of the Year. He is a recipient of the 1996 Silver Em Award from the University of Mississippi, and the 1997 National Association of Minority Media Executives Catalyst award for leadership in advocating and advancing diversity. He served on the Board of Visitors for the University of California, Davis, Medical School, and the ASNE Foundation board. He also was past chair of the Foundation of American Ciommunications  and served on the advisory boards of the journalism schools at Northwestern, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Southern Califgornia, as well as Knight's Specialized Journalism programs at the University of Maryland and the University of Southern California, the board of the Inter-American Press Association; and was chair of the Lutheran magazine advisory committee. 

He is married to Dr. Bea Favre, a clinical psychologist, and they have two adult children, Monica and Jeff and two granddaughters, Melitta and Violet.