The Scoop

A blog about what's new and changing on

September 28, 2011
You're invited: Read 'Tom Sawyer' with Sacramento's leaders

When was the last time you read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"? Most of us have a fond memory of the book. My fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Walls, read a few pages in class every day.

Now, is making it easy to rediscover "Tom Sawyer" -- or introduce it to your children or grandchildren.

The Sacramento Bee partnered with the Sacramento Library's The Big Read / One Book Sacramento, Access Sacramento and a host of community leaders for a very special project to promote reading and literacy.

At beginning Thursday, Sept. 29, we'll be rolling out a new chapter daily during the monthlong "Big Read." Access Sacramento recorded video of each reader, so you'll see their video and the text of a new chapter each day so you can read along.

The list of community leaders who signed on to read a chapter is quite impressive. It includes best-selling author John Lescroart, Jeffery Callison of Capital Public Radio, Edie Lambert from KCRA3, Kitty O'Neal from KFBK and restaurateur Patrick Mulvaney.

A host of Bee staff also signed on to read: Publisher Cheryl Dell, Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar, Associate Editor Ginger Rutland, features editor Cathie Anderson, reporter Carlos Alcala and Charles Dukes, online advertising manager.

And from our corporate parent, McClatchy Co.: board member Molly Maloney Evangelisti and CEO Gary Pruitt.

Thanks also go to Bee reporter Allen Pierleoni and community affairs director Pam Dinsmore for their efforts to coordinate the project.

And to those involved at Access Sacramento: E.J. Harrison, video recording; Richard Langley, video engineer; Carlos V. Hernandez, video editing; Dev Singh, director of operations; Ron Cooper, executive director; Carl Burton, board chair; and Jo Ann Fuller, board vice-chair.

See the full list of readers and the schedule of chapter releases here.

Happy reading!

About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About The Scoop

The Scoop is a blog where the managers of talk about new initiatives and our plans for You can reach us by at the e-mail addresses below or you can comment on our postings.

Tom Negrete is managing editor of The Bee and oversees the daily work of journalists who produce news content for the newspaper and Negrete, who has been at The Bee since 1994, has served as assistant managing editor for business and sports, sports editor and assistant city editor. E-mail him at or reach him at (916) 321-1171.

Seán McMahon is The Bee's Director of Digital Media, overseeing the interactive efforts of the company. His e-mail is

Linda Gonzales is digital team leader for and has been an editor at The Bee since 1995. You can email her at

October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31