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Vander Veen named Courier GM
A veteran of the newsroom, Hank Vander Veen has joined the Ceres Courier as its new general manager.

Vander Veen will oversee the daily operations of both the Courier and the Turlock Journal and their websites.

No stranger to the area, Vander Veen grew up in Modesto, and graduated from Modesto Junior College and California State University, Stanislaus. His wife, Kelly is a Ceres High School graduate. They have two sons - one who is currently a student at CSU Stanislaus and the other who lives and works in Turlock.

Vander Veen's career in the newspaper business began at a young age as a carrier for the Modesto Bee, which he turned into a 26-year stint with McClatchy - first in Modesto, then as publisher of the Merced Sun-Star. He also was the Bee's circulation director.

Most recently, Vander Veen held the position of chief operating officer for ABS Direct, a mailing and advertising company based in Modesto.

Vander Veen is looking forward to helping the Courier continue to be the voice of the community, and building strong partnerships with local businesses.

"I believe in newspaper and I believe in what we do," he said. "My goal is to make the Ceres Courier the best newspaper it can be. I plan on listening to our readers and advertisers to find out what they want to see in the newspaper and our other products."

Vander Veen believes the partnership between the newspaper and the community is key to the success of both.

"As our community prospers, so do newspapers and other businesses. I want to help make the community a better place for everyone," he said.

Vander Veen serves on the Sierra Vista board of directors and has been active in a number of other organizations, including One Voice, the Boys and Girls Club and U.C. Merced Foundation. He is also a high school basketball referee.

Vander Veen may be contacted at, and by phone at (209) 634-9141. His office is located at the Turlock Journal office, 138 S. Center Street in downtown Turlock.

The Courier is part of Morris Newspaper Corp. of CA, a Central Valley group of community newspapers, shoppers, and websites that also includes the Turlock Journal, Manteca Bulletin, Escalon Times, Oakdale Leader and Riverbank News. The company is family-owned by Morris Multimedia from Savannah, Ga.