Continuing the expansion of its editorial team, Sacramento OBSERVER Publisher and President Larry Lee announced this week that distinguished journalist Angelica Obioha will join the publication as Managing Editor.
Obioha brings more than a decade of newsroom experience as a reporter and editor working to create a wide range of stories for radio, television, and digital platforms. She comes to The OBSERVER from iHeart Media’s 24/7 News Network, where she produced and anchored the news for affiliated stations across the Northern California region.
“We are very excited to add Angelica to our newsroom,” Lee said. “She brings a variety of talents and experiences to our organization and we look forward to her leadership in helping us expand our content to Sacramento’s African American community.”
A graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, Obioha began her career as a reporter at HOM-TV in Lansing, Michigan. In that role, she covered the local township board, commission, and environmental planning meetings. Obioha immediately recognized the distinct opportunity that living in a state capital and in close proximity to legislative decision-making presented. As a result, she quickly developed an ability to craft narratives that seamlessly wove diverse human experience with politics, policy and data.
Obioha has held editorial roles at WILS and WQHH, where she handled day-to-day production details and aspects of reporting – from how stories are conceptualized to how they engage the communities affected. She also has experience working in research and communications for one of Sacramento’s leading management consulting firms.
Obioha plans to channel her experience into building upon The OBSERVER’s relentless efforts to shed light on Sacramento’s African American community. On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic that disproportionately affected and disenfranchised thousands of Black people nationwide, she is reminded how invaluable it is to continue advancing coverage on racial disparities and drawing attention to grassroots solutions.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is yet another example of how essential it is to make these conversations – that would otherwise be isolated to one community – an overarching priority,” Obioha said. “I am humbled and honored to be a part of The Sacramento OBSERVER team that has shown a proven commitment to telling these stories, and to work with journalists who use their talents in service of justice.”