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Don Blount

Don Blount was named been editor of The Record in May 2017. He joined The Record as managing editor in 2005. He has also worked at newspapers in Modesto, Calif.; Sacramento, Denver and Allentown, Pa. A Philadelphia native, he is a graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in accounting and a minor in journalism. Blount and his wife Lisa have four children and live in Stockton.

Stuff you just can’t ignore

I get asked why I am so focused on race. They say: Why don’t you let things go because there has been so much racial progress? (Arguably yes, since people of color can no longer be owned like chattel.) I even get called a racist and told I fan the flames of hatred by writing […]

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Oops, nevermind

Let this email exchange with a reader speak for itself. It actually happened today: Reader: “A quick Perusal all of your daily editorials shows you seem to be fixated on finding problems with our current president, Trump. With all the troubles we have here in Stockton and in California it would seem something could take […]

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Inside the newsroom

It was about 10 p.m. Friday when reporter Almendra Carpizo texted me a Stockton Police Department announcement that an arrest had been made in the murder of Michael Donaghy, executive director of the Stockton/San Joaquin Emergency Food Bank. Donaghy had been found slain about a week earlier at a rental home he owned in the […]

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Looking for help with Help-Portrait

Since 2009, Record Photographer Clifford Oto has organized an annual help-portrait event in Stockton to take portraits of those in need. People who cannot afford to have this done themselves, including some who have never had a formal portrait taken. This year, he is looking for volunteers to help for a few hours on Sat. Dec.2. […]

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Reader feedback on a seemingly innocuous item

I found this voicemail quite interesting. The caller was referring to a tidbits column, titled Random Thoughts, that was published Wednesday in the Sports section of The Record and on The column contains tidbits about various sports-related items. You can read the full column by clicking here. The caller didn’t like it. He stated […]

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Behind every photo, there is a story

Here’s the story behind my favorite Clifford Oto photo. Graduation at University of the Pacific is Saturday. And often at this time of the year, that event causes me to think back to 2011 when I sat in the stands at Spanos Center to watch my eldest daughter, Devon shown in the above photo, graduate. […]

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As the city turns

Just yesterday, we saw drama play out once again nationally and also close to home. I think most are familiar with this by now of how Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded to information that he had met with a Russian official, when he said he had not. Where I come from, that’s called a lie. […]

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Rebuttal is part of free speech

In this new era when hate speech has approval to be expressed publicly, a Sacramento Brewery owner discovered that free expression comes with a price. According to The Sacramento Bee, three co-owners of Red Rabbit Restaurant gave up their minority ownership in Twelve Rounds Brewing after brewery founder, Dan Murphy, on Facebook railed against the Women’s […]

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Racist ignorance doesn’t disappoint

I listened, I laughed and then I had a conversation about hate. I ignore most anonymous voicemails because in those cases cowards are the ones who hide behind the cloak of anonymity. And a voicemail left at 2:40 a.m. without a name or callback number qualifies as anonymous. And this caller did not disappoint in […]

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A few thoughts on the national election

Never before have election results left me this uneasy. In Donald Trump we have a president who represents so many things that are the antithesis of what we would teach anyone to be. He has publicly shown or made statement that are homophobic, misogynistic, racist and anti-immigrant. Just as frightening is that he appears to […]

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