BELEN — Valencia County News-Bulletin editor Clara Garcia has been promoted and named editor/publisher. 

Clara Garcia mug 2018

Clara Garcia


William Lang, president of Journal Publishing Co., announced Garcia’s promotion last week, saying “We are proud to promote Clara Garcia as our publisher for the Valencia County News- Bulletin. As a native, she has an impressive professional history while working with her staff to report the important news in Valencia County.”

The Valencia County News-Bulletin, a part of Number Nine Media, Inc., which includes El Defensor Chieftain in Socorro. Number Nine Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Journal Publishing Co., which publishes the Albuquerque Journal.

Garcia, who was named editor in July 2009, began as the newspaper’s crime and courts reporter in November 1998. She has covered numerous beats, including crime, courts, fires, local government, politics, business and features.

While her duties have expanded, Garcia says the News-Bulletin will continue the credible news coverage it has maintained for more than a century.

“This is an exciting time of transition for us,” Garcia said. “We have an excellent staff and I look forward to continuing our important and trusted work in Valencia County.

“I was born and raised here, and have a great love for Valencia County and its people,” she said. “I’m grateful for this opportunity, and will always remember the lessons I’ve learned from past publishers, most notably Dave Puddu, and former editor Sandy Battin.

“Both always had faith in me and I’m proud to say they are my trusted mentors and friends.”

Garcia is confident the community will continue to support the News-Bulletin, not only with subscriptions but with advertising as well.

“We have enjoyed the relationships the News-Bulletin has built with members of the advertising community, and we’ll continue to be an integral part of the business community here in Valencia County,” Garcia said.

A Belen native, Garcia graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1997 with bachelor’s degrees in communications and journalism and political science.

Working as a reporter was a lifelong ambition for the 1989 Belen High School graduate. During her years with the News-Bulletin, she’s won numerous awards for her work, including recognition from the National Newspaper Association for investigative reporting, breaking news coverage, editorials and columns. She is also proud that the News-Bulletin received honorable mention in the General Excellence category in 2011.

She’s also won many awards from the New Mexico Press Association, including for investigative reporting, obituary writing, breaking and general news, editorials and photography.

Garcia is the second vice president of the New Mexico Newspaper Association, a director for the Pilot Club of Belen, and was inducted into the New Mexico Girl Scout Hall of Fame in 2006.

Garcia has been married to her husband, Matthew, for more than 18 years, and together they have three children, including her daughter, Caitlin Cano, and stepsons, Jonathan and wife, Courtney, and Terrence Garcia, and three grandchildren, Jacob, Jason and James. She is the daughter of Aveleno and Angie Cano, of Belen.

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