Journal promotes three newsroom employees

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Three Auburn Journal newsroom employees have been promoted in an effort to strengthen Gold Country Media newspapers and Web sites. Journal News Editor Michelle Miller-Carl has been promoted to managing editor of the Roseville Press Tribune. Reporter Jenifer Gee has stepped into the news editor position. And Loryll Nicolaisen is now the Journal’s features and special sections editor. Miller-Carl joined the Journal newsroom in December 2004, covering the Auburn City Council, Auburn Recreation District and general assignment beats. In 2006 she was promoted to features editor, a position she held until she became news editor in early 2008. “Michelle has proven to be an extremely talented newsroom leader,” said Deric Rothe, Journal editor/general manager and senior editor for Gold Country Media. “The Roseville Press Tribune and its readers will enjoy Michelle’s honest, compassionate and community-focused style of journalism.” Miller-Carl said she was a little sad to leave Auburn but she welcomes the challenge Roseville presents. “I have immensely enjoyed working with the people of Auburn over the last five years. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to tell so many of their unforgettable stories,” Miller-Carl said. “I have learned so many things about newspapers at the Auburn Journal and look forward to leading the Press Tribune news team in the city I call home.” Her new contact information is (916) 774-7955 or Gee joined the Auburn Journal staff as a reporter and paginator in January 2008. A few months later she took over the crime and courts beat. She has reported on several prominent Auburn cases including the murder trial involving former Placer County Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Kovacich and, more recently, the controversial hearing regarding four pitbulls that attacked a teen in Downtown Auburn. In August, she covered the immediate damage and aftermath caused by the 49 Fire, which destroyed 63 homes and two businesses in North Auburn. Gee received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. Nicolaisen joined the Journal as a reporter in January 2006, covering everything from local education to community events. She also took on feature coordination duties in February 2008, organizing the Journal’s Food & Wine, Arts & Entertainment and Lifestyle pages. She will continue carrying out duties she had as features coordinator, and will take on the leadership role in special sections content. Nicolaisen grew up in Sacramento and is a 1998 graduate of Center High School in Antelope. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from California State University, Chico, where she spent three semesters as a reporter and section editor for The Orion, Chico State’s award-winning student newspaper.